… in the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that the most charitable description of what’s been going on at the clubby University of Minnesota medical school would be “bizarre.”
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Yes we have a tuition freeze!
But as Alex Friedrich reports (On Campus)
[but see below for the law school]
The proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 shows general state appropriations in the amount of $515,211,000. See p. 84 of the report of the Board of Regents. These are unrestricted funds that the senior administrators and Regents may allocate as they wish.
The porposed allocation for the law school is $4,515,117--less than 1% of the state appropriations. See p. 86 of the report of the B of R. The senior administrators and the Regents are starving the law school of state appropriations and continuing to increase tuition at skyrocketing rates. (It appears from attachment 4 to the report that the proposed increase for the 1L class is 9%.) This course of conduct has effectively transformed the law school into a private school as far its finances are concerned.The law school sends out fund raising letters that assert that less than 10% of its budget comes from state funds. The fact is that central administration makes the allocation of state funds to the law school and not the state legislature.
The administrators and the Regents are also continuing to hammer the students in other graduate and professional programs. The people making these decisions did not have to start their careers with crushing student loan debt.
It does not have to be this way.
See my March 16, 2013 email to Rep. Gene Pelowski (below). See also Skewed U.
Michael W. McNabb Attorney at Law
At the hearing on President Kaler hinted that the U of M administration may be willing to freeze tuition (and fees?) on the condition that the legislature increases state appropriations by at least $42 million. It is likely that he is referring to undergraduate tuition only (and for Minnesota residents only). See: An Institution Adrift (fifth paragraph).
The tuition for students (both resident and non-resident) in graduate and professional programs is what really compounds the crushing student debt on young persons. The U of M as a land grant institution has a responsibility to provide an accessible and affordable education for our children (including graduate and professional programs that will provide the highly skilled persons we need to provide services to the citizens of Minnesota).
at 6:31 PM