Tuition freeze proposed in higher ed bills at MInnesota Legislature

  • Article by: Jenna Ross , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 15, 2013 - 10:48 PM

Budget bills mark first big boost in years for education spending, legislators say.

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furguson11Apr. 15, 1310:22 PM

"Laura King, MnSCU’s vice chancellor for finance, asked that the conference committee rethink language requiring the system to cover costs beyond the new state funding by cutting administration. She also called a 3 percent tuition increase “very modest.”" That's a lot more than the total 2% raise that I've received over the last 4 years.

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johnmplsApr. 15, 1310:35 PM

REALLY? It's been shown for years that the primary reason tuition keeps going up is that governments (state and federal) keep subsidizing it. So our great MN State Government declares that they're freezing tuition and giving the University tons of cash instead. WAKE UP!

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jim2011beamApr. 15, 1310:44 PM

All this legislative paper shuffling won't help. Too many students drop out and too many take 5, 6 or 7 years to finish. What the state should do is REQUIRE all Minnesota public colleges and universities to offer, as an option for prospective students, ALL undergraduate courses as MOOCs (free) within four years starting with first year courses. If a prospective student does well on the MOOC and wants college credit, the night/weekend classroom work to complete the class requirements should cost no more than $75 per credit. Let students try everything for free through a MOOC, decide what they like and what they're good at, and then offer a low cost option to get the credits.

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chablis28Apr. 16, 13 2:06 AM

You can't control tuition if you don't control UofM spending and expenses. Writting them another large unspecifed check from the taxpayer is a huge mistake. Thanksfully, we'll vote the DFL back out of power again after 2yrs of reckless excess.

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elmore1Apr. 16, 13 7:15 AM

If this passes it will show how ineffective and clueless they are. Writing more checks for the U to mismanage is not good use of state funding. The colleges need to step up and be accountable for their part of exploding tuition and crushing debt to our kids. How about some metrics and full disclosure of where tuition dollars go for starters?

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chablis28Apr. 16, 13 8:00 AM

Strib said..."Budget bills in the Legislature represent the first boost to higher education funding in eight years, lawmakers said. The Senate bill adds $263 million, the House bill $150 million." XXXXXXX The The DFL senate says $263 million while DFL house says $150 Million. Don't these wide ranging numbers stretch credulity from the get go???? LOL! Obviously, neither branch of the DFL party has any real number based on need, in mind. They're just probing to see how much they can get away with in a new spending spree.

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fourthand8thApr. 16, 1310:18 AM

"REALLY? It's been shown for years that the primary reason tuition keeps going up is that governments (state and federal) keep subsidizing it. So our great MN State Government declares that they're freezing tuition and giving the University tons of cash instead. WAKE UP!"----- That's a complete falsehood. Ever-decreasing shares of state aid are one of the primary drivers of higher tuition. I cannot begin to grasp the misguided idea that a drop in assistance would actually allow colleges to lower tuition.

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benleeApr. 16, 1310:55 AM

Wow first "big boost" in spending in years? Really? A "proposed freeze" IF they get their funding, wow. In 10 years, the U is going to be one of the universities in deep bubble trouble given the age of the internet. Taxpayers should be skeptical of the current reasons for subsidizing universities further and here is why: Minnesota spends a much higher portion of income on higher ed subsidies while also getting the least bang for the buck - see Dec 28 WSJ. More subsidies also equal more waste, and subsidies NEVER lower the cost of education. The U of M is a good example of why subsidies make the cost of college go up. Absent a profit motive, they spend whatever they are able to garner and this level of spending will then become a new baseline for future spending. They never lower tuition rates for students, never have and never will, but WILL be forced to soon thanks to the educational net set to deflate the bubble. Rather they expand spending through new buildings, tenured instructors and more staff support/building support....and thus need more funding....all the while blaming tax payers for not subsidizing the cost of tuition.

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clnorthApr. 16, 1312:14 PM

More union payback. The unions are getting all of that campaign money back.

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chablis28Apr. 16, 13 5:27 PM

Absent a profit motive, they spend whatever they are able to garner and this level of spending will then become a new baseline for future spending. XXXXXX Absolutely true! If you're a highly paid professor or UofM bureaucrat with amazing retirement benefits you can't wait for the next increase in taxpayer subsidies.

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