Wednesday, November 07, 2001

Kent State raising tuition

School follows UC move battling cutbacks by state

By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Kent State University today is to become the second Ohio public campus to raise tuition as a response to the latest 6 percent cut in state funds.

        Kent State trustees will meet at 3 p.m. to consider an administration recommendation for a $138 increase for full-time resident undergraduates.

        Spokesman Ron Kirksey said that was 2.5 percent and raises tuition and fees to $2,882 a semester, starting with spring term. Graduate students are to pay $3,060.

        The increases, he said, would provide 20 percent of Kent State's $7.5 million hit.

        KSU raised tuition 6 percent for the current fall semester..

        When it raised every student's tuition Monday, the University of Cincinnati began what educators say will become a trend of mid-year increases on more than three dozen state university and college campuses.

        UC's 6 percent increase, on top of the 8 percent tuition raise for the current quarter, drew quick opposition from the American Association of University Professors.

        “We oppose it,” said mathematics professor and union President Joe W. Fisher.

        Meanwhile, contract negotiations remain on hold, and AAUP has arranged for a strike headquarters at Old St. George, the former Catholic church on Calhoun Street where the union based its 1993 walkout.

        The AAUP asked for mediation after it called an impasse during bargaining over pay, benefits and the faculty role in governing the university.


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