Monday, January 29, 2007

Tuition Reciprocity - The Badger View

(from the Badger Herald:)

by Badger Herald Editorial Board
Monday, January 29, 2007
Over the borderline

As of late, however, U of M has been losing revenue thanks to its Sconnie students: Minnesota outpaced Wisconsin in resident tuition six years ago, and the difference between flagship universities amounts to about $1,200 per student per year. Of course, a means of compensation is built into the reciprocity agreement, and last year, Wisconsin paid $6.5 million back to Minnesota due to the growing tuition gap.

Unfortunately, the state of Minnesota didn’t give the payment to its public universities in full. And though we sympathize with the situation, it seems the issue lies within the state of Minnesota, not within the reciprocity agreement itself.

Furthermore, we can’t help but recognize that Minnesota takes quite a bit away from the deal as it stands: More Minnesota students attend Wisconsin schools than the opposite, and the University of Wisconsin System is one of the best educational systems in the country. Minnesotans also have access to UW-Madison, which lands more than 30 spots north of U of M in the most recent U.S. News and World Report rankings.

Dutifully reported by your humble servant, Bonzo.

This matter was also mentioned earlier under Show Me the Money.

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