Tuition Increase Rumors Are Explained, Questions Answered
By Kassondra Granata
University President Jack Miller attended the first Student Government Association meeting on Wednesday to address the Senate on the tuition increase rumored to reach double digits across the state.
“Probably the most important thing to get across right now is that no body else knows what the tuition increase might be,” Miller told the senate.
According to an article in the Hartford Courant, Lewis J. Robinson, Jr., chairman of the state’s Board of Regents for Higher Education, said that a budget cut of $14.4 million and a budget gap of more than $1 million are two of the reasons that this increase is deemed “necessary.”
Miller said that he wanted to bring the senate up to date on how a tuition increase and the its process gets decided, as well as some of the pieces that goes into the decision.
According to Miller, those who have read that tuition might increase to 12.4 percent should not depend on those numbers.
“What we have right now is a five percent recision in the amount of money that the state allocates us,” Miller said. “I believe, as well as others, that the five percent recision will become a permanent reduction. Miller said that the state will have five percent less money.
At the end of the fall, Miller said that each institution present to the president of the Board of Regents and give their recommendation. CCSU’s recommendation was about a 4.5 percent increase. Miller said that the University had the lowest amount presented of the state schools.
“I think we could mostly maintain the quality with 4.5 percent,” Miller said. “That’s the only thing we have put on the table so far.” Miller said that the University will send a final recommendation with six percent on tuition and four percent on the “other things.” Miller also said that the other school’s increases will be higher than CCSU’s.
According to Miller, CCSU is the least expensive of any of the schools in the state.
“I’d like it to stay that way,” Miller said.
Senator Bobby Berriault presented two different resolutions to the senate, one regarding the tuition increase.
Under the resolution, Berriault stated that the Student Government Association represents the entire undergraduate population. During his President’s Report, President Eric Bergenn told the senate that Mike Frasier, the Board of Regents representative from WCSU, is willing to work with the senate on a state level with the tuition increase.
Berriault’s resolution passed with Bergenn making any necessary grammatical changes before sending it to the Board of Regents when they met on Jan. 17.
The second resolution that Berriault motioned was to recognize the accomplishments that have been made by the IRC Food Committee.
“This is self-explanatory,” Berriault said. “Food committee has been able to do a lot and we should recognize the amount of good work they’ve done. It’s our job to recognize the good work of the students.”
Senator Kory Mills, however, said he was against Berriault’s resolution and deemed it “not neccesary.”
“We just passed a resolution for the Board of Regents, that’s a big deal, this is just congratulating them for doing what they are supposed to be doing,” Mills said.
Sen. Chris Marcelli agreed with Sen. Mills that passing a resolution in this context was not needed.
“I don’t want to get into the habit of doing things like this because then it’s just a waste of time,” Marcelli said. “If we start this we’ll have to do it for everyone.”
Berriault’s resolution ended up failing with four yes-votes, 18 no-votes, and two abstentions.