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Page 8 - The Michigan Doily -Friday, September 8, 1989

Tuition rises above inflation
rate for ninth straight year

by The
Service

College Press

For the ninth year in a row, the
price students pay to attend college
has risen faster than the inflation
rate, the College Board says.
Educators and other adult ob-
servers bemoaned the increases, yet
generally thought the price of col-
lege remained affordable. Students,
on the other hand, seemed to greet
the news with more alarm.
"I keep seeing it increase, but
there's no (financial aid) help and not
a lot of improvements," said
Southwestern Oklahoma State
University junior Ronda Mills.
"Several of my friends are unable to
be here because of it."
Mills and her classmates regis-
tered at Southwestern Oklahoma
Aug. 22 to find their tuition had
risen 17 percent.
"If they hike tuition again next
year I'm not coming back," declared
Melissa Lopez, a University of New
Mexico junior. Despite an eight-day
student occupation of President
Gerald May's office last spring,
UNM officials raised the annual in-

state tuition $100 to $1,372.
Nationwide, collegians will pay
an average of 5 to 9 percent more for
tuition and fees this academic year,
the College Board reported in its
just-released annual tuition survey.
The general inflation rate for the 12
months ending in June was 5.2 per-
cent.
At public four-year schools, aver-
age tuition and fees is up 7 percent,
to $1,694. Students at private
schools will pay an average of
$8,737, 9 percent more than in
1988-89.
Two-year public schools raised
their tuition 5 percent to $842. Two-
year private schools hiked their
prices an average of 7 percent, to
$4,713.
In addition to higher tuition, the
College Board said students can ex-
pect to pay 6 to 7 percent more for
on-campus room and board.
About the only official who ex-
pressed much worry about the jumps
was U.S. Dept. of Education Sec.
Lauro Cavazos.
"I am increasingly concerned

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about the growing gap between the
price of higher education and what
students can afford, " Cavazos said.
"Every leader in higher education
must make holding costs down a
priority."
In fact, colleges are doing an
"extraordinary" job of holding down
their costs, maintained Richard
Rosser of the National Association
of Independent Colleges and
Universities, based in Washington,
D.C.
They're doing it, too, at a time
when they're scratching for funds to
keep faculty members from leaving
more lucrative jobs in private indus-
try, to repair campus facilities left
unmaintained for years, and to retool
campuses for the computer age.
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which costs can managed or reduced.
We're not going to justify the exist-
ing situation."
He added that the appointment of
Whitaker, dean of the Business
School, to head the commission is
an indication of the seriousness of
the administration.
The task force will try to find
ways to maintain the excellence of
the University at the same time as it
cuts costs, Holbrook said. "We're
going to be asking: Are we getting
the best prices? Are there ways we
can do this more efficiently?"
LSA junior Zach Kittrie, a stu-
dent representative to the
University's budget priorities com-
mittee, said there needs to be more
external pressure on the University
to become more efficient.
"The University needs to explain
to students and parents what they're
spending money on and why. It's
just a common check and balance,"
he said.
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School Dean Giles Bole, Electrical *
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Prof. George Hadad, Director of
Academic Planning and Analysis
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