The University of Alaska Board of Regents on Wednesday approved increasing tuition rates and the next operating and capital budgets during a meeting at the Anchorage campus.
The University’s Kate Ripley explains the approved rate increase proposals..
Ripley: “While yes it is an increase, its the second lowest increase we’ve had in at least the last decade and it continues the trend that we’ve had at UAA since 2007 to really moderate the increases. But we’re still, when you look at the 15 western states in whats known as the “witchy region”, we’re still definitely in about the bottom 2 or 3 tuition rates for state universities.”
Ripley says the Regents heard testimony from students at the University on the proposed rate increases …
Ripley: “The students who testified were actually in support of the tuition increase, I think the general feeling, at least from the students that came to the meeting, was that nobody really likes tuition increases but there is a certain recognition that the university is doing a lot internally with bringing down certain costs so we can really keep tuition increases as low as possible.”
Regents also approved a capital budget that includes $319 million in state general funds. Deferred maintenance remains the top priority, along with two engineering buildings under construction in Anchorage and Fairbanks and an upgrade to the University of Alaska Fairbanks combined heat and power plant.