Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dissemblin' with Robert


the Tuition Two Step

From the Daily:

In "Rappin' with Robert" in the September 15, 2009 issue of the Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks is quoted as saying, "Student tuition increases will not exceed 3 percent this year and not exceed 4.5 percent next year." But these numbers hide their temporary nature. In fact, tuition increased by more than 7% this year and is projected to increase by 7.5% next year. The Daily Editorial Board is not calling President Bruininks a liar, but he is definitely not telling the whole truth.


These stealth increases will need to be paid in full when the stimulus funding ends. This means that in the Fall of 2011, the $1500 increase will kick in along with an increase for the 2011 academic year which will be a large one - nine percent would not be surprising given the financial cliff we are set to go over. This means that tuition coud be over $12,000.

So in the long run the students will pay for this administration's unwillingness to make hard choices now and for the inappropriate priorities of the last few years.

Such has it been with the current Morrill Hall crew.

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