Friday, November 24, 2006

SUNY trustees to consider proposal for incremental tuition hikes

The Business Review

The State University of New York will try again to institute a system of incremental tuition increases based on inflation.
The proposal will be included in a new budget request that was outlined this week by SUNY officials. The proposal is expected to go before the full SUNY board of trustees at a meeting next week.

The proposed budget of $2.2 billion for the 2007-08 academic year would be just under $240 million higher than the current SUNY budget. The request, if approved by the trustees, will go to the state Budget Division for inclusion in what will become Gov.-Elect Eliot Spitzer's first budget.
Spitzer has said one of his top priorities will be to increase state support for SUNY and to give campuses more autonomy in making their academic offerings better.
The next budget does not include any proposed tuition increases. Tuition at SUNY last increased for in-state students by $950 to $4,350 in 2003. SUNY has failed to convince the state Legislature to institute an incremental tuition increase system in the past few years.
The budget proposal does include extra money to hire more faculty in higher-demanding fields such as engineering and $28 million more for community colleges.

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