University Presidents Predict Higher Tuition, Lost Advances

No one knows how much tuition could go up because of a proposed 12% whack in higher education funding, but the numbers being thrown out today range between 15% to 20%.

“Horrible. It's not going to be easy to pay tuition; already have to take out student loans,” says Western Kentucky University Student Holly Conley.

That’s the grief that thousands of others may be facing if colleges bear the burden of the so called budget crisis.

University presidents worry what the future will hold.

“Programs will be eliminated. People will lose jobs. And students will be turned away,” WKU President Dr. Gary Ransdell told a House Committee on Thursday.

UK President Lee Todd has even sent out a letter to students and faculty telling them that the governor's proposal would devastate the UK community. He calls it bad public policy.

Other presidents told lawmakers that spending priorities are being reversed.

“Higher education funding is being treated as part of the problem, not the solution,” says Dr. Wayne Andrews of Morehead State University.

The problem obviously is revenue. But one lawmaker says one solution is a higher cigarette tax and called for support from the campuses.

“And I think we need the push from the universities and students and the public to say this has got to happen,” said Rep. Mary Lou Marzian, D-Louisville.


You must be logged in to post comments.

Username:
Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by The Evil Puffer on Feb 4, 2008 at 09:40 AM
    Here is a letter I sent to about 50 of our Reps in Frankfort on Friday:I am a smoker and a drinker and I am (edited) tired of being treated like (edited) It is a free country and I am sick of do-gooders looking out for my health and well being. I am a big boy and I make MY OWN decisions about my habits. Since this affects all of us in this state and if we are as broke as the Gov says we are (I don’t believe it) then we need to have an EQUAL TAX ACROSS THE BOARD FOR EVERYONE! Raise the (edited) sales tax to 7% and be done with it. I bet most of you don't want that, do ya? And don’t give the Universities ANY more money until they address the waste, fraud and theft that runs rampant on the campuses. I urge all concerned to write or call Frankfort and tell them what you think. Use this website to find your Reps. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/
  • by The Evil Puffer! Location: Standing in the rain on Feb 4, 2008 at 09:35 AM
    I go so mad Friday after hearing all the talk about raising the tax on smokers that I wrote the following email to about 50 congressmen in Frankfort: I am a smoker and a drinker and I am (edited) tired of being treated like (edited) It is a free country and I am sick of do-gooders looking out for my health and well being. I am a big boy and I make MY OWN decisions about my habits. Since this affects all of us in this state and if we are as broke as the Gov says we are (I don’t believe it) then we need to have an EQUAL TAX ACROSS THE BOARD FOR EVERYONE! Raise the (edited) sales tax to 7% and be done with it. I bet most of you don't want that, do ya? And don’t give the Universities ANY more money until they address the waste, fraud and theft that runs rampant on the campuses. I have already gotten 3 positive replies! I urge all of those conceerned to write them as well and let them know your feelings. Look here to find your Reps. http://www.lrc.ky.gov/
  • by Greased & Ready Location: Lex on Feb 4, 2008 at 07:09 AM
    Easy now Jerry! I said a 1% increase in the sales tax, let's not get carried away here. lol I am not really happy to go up one percent but I realize that we are going to have to do something and it needs to be on the backs of ALL KENTUCKY RESIDENTS and not just a few. I read on Kentucky.com or maybe even here that Beshear put all the projects that Fletcher cancelled in 2006 back in the to-do list and that is where our surplus went. Seems a bit fishy to me, don't you think?
  • by c Location: fkt on Feb 4, 2008 at 05:10 AM
    I agree that the sale tax would be the fairest tax because EVERYONE would have to pay it! However, colleges are nothing more than businesses! They do not care about educating their students, what they do is try to BRAINWASH them! Disagree with a professor & you don't pass their class! I know I'm a college grad. I played their game in order to receive my degree which DID NOT HELP ME ONE BIT! It's a piece of paper that has NO VALUE! The colleges are more interested in their SPORTS programs than ALL their students! They cater to the few rich students! You're better off attending a tech school and learning a trade! You don't have to attend "dummy" classes that have absolutely nothing to do with your career field! Dance comes to mind. I paid $300 because it was required for my degree and it had absolutely nothing to do with my degree! Go to tech schools and tell the univ. to take their tutition hikes and jump in a lake with them! You're better off at a tech or trade schools!
  • by Brad Location: Lexington on Feb 4, 2008 at 02:39 AM
    Come on folks!, we have the lowest state sales tax as any state in the country. Of course there are other states that are at 6 cents on the dollar but why not go to 7 cents? That is not asking much and then we all have to pay. I would not mind that extra penny and most Kentuckians would not mind either. As far as the budget crisis??? I do not believe it for one minute! Our Governor is an attorney and also very animate about getting casinos into the state so what better way to do it than "build a case for it." When he has presented his "case" all of us will run to the polls and vote an overwhelming majority for the casinos and then he will get what he wants. I wonder what his stake is in the casino industry if he indeed convinces us to vote them in?? Hmmmmmmmmmmm?
  • by steve Location: irvine on Feb 3, 2008 at 01:13 PM
    Ha don"t blame this on Ernie you lib goof balls voted for this Beashear or big Enos and little Enos morons now you live with it. He slapped you libs right in the face but i guess it will be Ok when he gets gambling in he will be a god then i love it when libs all the time try to blame every one else but themselves goodday.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 1, 2008 at 07:59 AM
    Thank god I graduated before the budget crisis. College is a business like the person above mentioned. The money UK makes off it's sports programs is ridiculous. I always heard tuition increases are needed to keep professors paid well in order to keep the best and the brightest from moving on to better paying jobs. Use some of money made off the athletics programs to do so (UK), AND NOT MAKE STUDENT'S TAKE OUT LOANS THAT TAKE YEARS TO PAY OFF.
  • by Michelle Location: Lexington on Feb 1, 2008 at 07:34 AM
    It was the frivolous spending of Ernie Fletcher in an attempt to gain votes that contributed to our budget crisis! (Remember the audit when Beshear took office). I think Ernie proposed cuts to higher education in the majority of his budgets also. I remember Lee Tood crying then as well! I think UK could absorb some of these cuts without raising tuition. Lee Todd always waits to blame tuition hikes on the state government. I have never heard UK complain about spending money related to athletics! How much does the University pay Billy G? Rich Brooks? Lee Todd Bonuses????? Wake up Kentucky!!!!
  • by ScareCrow Location: Oz on Feb 1, 2008 at 06:21 AM
    "“Higher education funding is being treated as part of the problem, not the solution,” " Well, why haven't you solved this in the past? I guess too busy solving Domestic Partner issues.
  • by Jerry Location: KY on Feb 1, 2008 at 05:55 AM
    While I agree with "Greased & Ready" why stop at 7% sales tax. I say we make it 8%. The one thing about a sales tax is that ALL will have to pay equally. Oh yeah, and all those illegals here will be paying as well. If the government is going to give them college at a reduced rate and give them anything else they need, we can at least charge them some kind of tax. So much for UK being a top 20 University...maybe a top 200? It's only another zero added on there Dr. Todd; don't fret it.
  • Page:

WKYT

2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Register for Email
RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 15078646 - wkyt.com/a?a=15078646
Gray Television, Inc.