By By Josh Verges
St. Paul pioneer press
The University of Minnesota will raise tuition this fall at its Twin Cities campus by 2 percent for Minnesota residents and 12.5 percent for nonresidents.
A few regents Tuesday, June 20, lobbied for a tuition freeze or slight decrease for residents, but the board voted overwhelmingly to approve President Eric Kaler’s recommended budget.
Kaler said his 2 percent proposal Tuesday was a compromise between the 3 percent resident rate hike he suggested last week and what regents wanted.
“We have listened to the board carefully,” he said.
Undergraduates at the university’s four outstate campuses will see 1 percent increases, except for Duluth nonresidents, whose rate will climb 5.5 percent.
Also, nonresidents already enrolled at the Twin Cities campus will see a 5.5 percent tuition increase.
The budget includes 2 percent wage increases for all employee groups, with individual raises determined by merit or market factors.
Regent Steve Sviggum, recently elected to the board by the Legislature, called for a 1 percent decrease in resident tuition, as well as a reduction in the university’s workforce and more modest pay increases.
“It would put us in better standing with citizens, the taxpayers of Minnesota and, for sure, the Legislature,” he said.
Only Darrin Rosha and Michael Hsu joined Sviggum, but some others said they’d like to see administrators create a plan to shrink the workforce next year.
Regent Richard Beeson said Sviggum’s proposal would put the university in “maintenance mode,” which would do little to inspire philanthropic gifts.
Sviggum said he’s heard from donors who say they won’t give another dime until the university reduces its costs.
– Forum News Service