Friday, February 01, 2002

Xavier will raise tuition 7.5%, hire more faculty

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Xavier University will increase tuition 7.5 percent this fall, the school's largest increase in 10 years.

        In a January letter sent to undergraduate students, Xavier President Michael J. Graham announced the increase, which will raise full-time tuition from $8,270 to $8,890 per semester.

        “This year's 7.5 percent increase ... is vitally necessary to continue the quality improvements that make your Xavier education the best possible,” he wrote.

        The increase will allow the private Jesuit university of 6,523 students to hire 13 new tenure-track faculty members, as well as fill 20 other faculty positions that opened because of retirement or had been left unfilled in several departments.

        For Xavier students that will mean:

        • Smaller class sizes.

        • An increase in the quality of scholarship and service on campus.

        • A more diverse faculty.

        “Fortunately, we've been able to keep our tuition increases in the 5 percent range in the past decade,” said Xavier spokeswoman Kelly Leon.

        Only four of the 28 private Jesuit institutions nationwide are less expensive than Xavier, Ms. Leon said.

        “We are investing in the future,” she added.

        The Xavier tuition bump comes as public institutions across Ohio are raising their rates after the state slashed into its education budget.

        The University of Cincinnati increased full-time tuition in June by 8 percent before adding a midyear increase of 6 percent.

        In Oxford, Miami University raised undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees 8 percent in June for the 2001-02 academic year. It was the largest increase there since 1992-93.

        On Wednesday, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft warned the state's 13 four-year public schools that he would consider asking the legislature to reinstate a cap if tuitions are increased unreasonably.


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