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In Brief: Economy and Academe

Survey Says More Students Headed to Private Colleges Despite Economy

Despite the tough economic recession, private universities and colleges across the nation are seeing an incresae in enrollment for the upcoming school year.

 According to the Daily Texan online, responses from 284 private institutions throughout the nation projected a rise in average enrollment by 0.2 percent above the previous fall. 


UIUC Board Chair Denies Seeking Favor in ‘Clout List’

University of Illinois Board of Trustees Chairman Niranjan Shah says he denies seeking special treatment for his family members or any other applicant to the university.  According to the News-Gazette, Shah pointed fingers at his assistant, Chancellor Richard Herman and former UI President James Stukel.  Shah testified Tuesday before the Illinois Admissions Review Commission. 


Fee Increases Planned for  CSU Schools

California State University, Monterey Bay, students will pay an additional $978 in fees next fall, and university employees will take a 9.2 percent pay cut as the California State University System grapples with a $3 billion cut in state funding. 

According to The, the CSU board of trustees voted 17-1 to raise undergraduate fees by $672 a year to $4,827 in the nation’s largest four-year university system; an additional $306 increase was adopted by the board in May. 


Tuition Increases Planned for MnSCU

The Board of Trustees at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is expected to approve a budget today that increases tuition by 3 percent and cuts staff.

According to Minnesota Public Radio, the MnSCU board of trustees will vote on a proposal budget that boosts tuition for students at community colleges, technical schools and universities.  Under the proposal, the average tuition this fall at MnSCU’s state colleges would be $4,200. Students at the system’s six universities will pay about $5,800 a year.

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