U of M regents approve tuition freeze
MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a two-year tuition freeze yesterday. University president Eric Kaler told the board the freeze, along with an attempt to hold down fees, brings the combined cost for resident undergraduates to the lowest levels in recent history.
He said fees at Crookston would be down a tenth of a percent, up two-tenths at Duluth, up three-tenths at Morris and seven-tenths at the Twin Cities campus. Several regents raised concerns that the budget does not address graduate school issues, but voted "yes."
The sole "no" vote came from regent Laura Brod who said her main objection was to the "high tuition, high aid" model on which the budget is based.
Union leaders are speaking out today against the layoffs of 25 Information Technology workers at the University of Minnesota. The cuts are part of the university's effort to trim $15 million in administrative costs. Earlier today, the board of regents today approved the university budget, calling for a two-year-freeze on tuition. Cherrene Horazuk is president of the clerical workers union at the U of M. She says it's time for university officials to start chopping from the top instead of from the bottom. Horazuk says the union has filed grievances and has appealed to the board of regents to rescind the layoffs. Those out of work include switchboard operators and phone and elevator repair employees.