8 -The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, July 20, 1994
state for tuition hike
By Lisa Dines
DAILY NEWS EDITOR Th institution is
"Appropriations" was the watch-
word at this month's University Board going to require a
of Regents meeting as the blame for healthy degree of self-
rising tuition was laid heavily on the
state's shoulders. reliance.'
The regents voted unanimously to
raise tuition 6.9 percent for state resi- - Laurence Deitch
dents and 5 percent for out-state stu- University regent
dents at the Thursday meeting.
State appropriations--the amount Sen. John Schwarz (R-Battle Creek),
of funding the state gives the Univer- chair of the higher education appro-
sity -has declined in real dollars over priations committee.
the pasteight years.Thestatehasfailed Schwarz added that the state has
to increase funding with inflation, tried to protect the University's fund-
The University will receive a 2.3- ing. "The picture nationwide is that
percent increase in funding over last some states have made massive cuts
year, but inflation is expected to re- in their higher education budgets and
main at 3.5 percent. we've never cut higher education."
DuringthemeetingPresident James State Sen. Lana Pollack (D-Ann
J. Duderstadt said, "(The University) is Arbor), a member of the state appro-
the economic engine of the future of priationscommittee,agreedthatprison
this state, the future of the Midwest and funding and health care costs have t
thefutureofthenation,yetpublicpolicy drained the state budget, but she said
is going in the opposite direction." the state remains committed to higher c
He blamed the need to raise tu- education. g
ition on "the tyranny of special inter- Pollacksaid that tuition istoocostlyt
ests" within the state government, and the University should be looking ts
and a shift of funding support to pri- tocutcostsinareassuch asadministra-s(
vate institutions. tive spending.
"There is little rhyme or reason "I think the University has met
with theappropriation ofdollarswithin their commitment (to educate Michi- 0
the state," Duderstadt said. gan residents) but they're pushing
The problemis not a drasticdecline against the edge," Pollack said, noting
in state appropriations, but rather the that a portion of the tuition increase
state's funding failure to rise at the will go to financial aid. "I want to give
same rate as the University general the University credit for that."
fund, which has nearly doubled in the
past 10 years.
The state has devoted roughly the
same percentage of its funds to higher
education over the past 20 years, rang-
ing between 14 percent and a pro-
jected 16.9 percent for next year.
Thestate funded51.6percent of the
University's general fund in 1985-86
compared to 37.3 percent for the next
academic year, 1994-95.
The state defends the amount it
budgeted to the University as fair.
"The problem in the last six or
seven years in the state budget is that
corrections and social services have
been eating the budget alive,"said state
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Tuition goes up
Here are state appropriations
over the past five years:
90-'91 $ 247,292,861
'91-'92 $ 256,591,000
'92-'93 $ 258,566,952
'93-'9. $ 258,180,272
'94-'95 $ 264,086,717
Here are the total amounts
generated by tuition over the
last five years:
'90-'91 $ 262,245,000
'93-'94 $ 347,321,000
University of Chicago survey
places 'U' Hospitals at top *
By Corey Hill hospital's reputation, mortality rate
DAILY STAFF REPORTER and criteria unique to each speciality.
The University Hospitals were To qualify, each hospital needs to
rated among top facilities in 10 of 16 maintain an affiliation with a medical
specialities, according to U.S. News school and also be a member of the
and World Report. Council of Teaching Hospitals. The
The University's highest ranking number of hospitals evaluated by the
was in Geriatrics, which placed sev- NORC survey is 20 percent small
enth in the survey. than last year.
Other specialties earning high "We are very pleased with -the
rankings include: Rheumatology, survey's results," said University
Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastro- Hospitals spokesperson Bruce
enterology, Neurology, Orthopedics, Weintraub."The survey shows the
Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, and hospital's commitment to quality
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. health care in a variety of areas."
The survey was the conclusion of As an example of the hospital's
a year-long study developed by the continuing commitment to improv-
National Opinion Research Center ing itself, he cited a new Cancer a
(NORC) at the University of Chi- Geriatrics Center, which is slated
cago. The survey measured each completion in 1996.
'94-'95 $ 377,900,000
At the meeting, regents warned
he University that even if funding
ontinues to decline, tuition cannot
o up indefinitely.
"We have the responsibility to run
his University as efficiently as pos-
ble," aid Regent Laurence Deitch
D-Bloomfield Hills). "This institu-
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