The Minnesota Legislature’s spending final funding plan for the University of Minnesota is less than 13 percent of its request and less than what the Senate and House originally recommended for the school.
The Minnesota Daily sat down with University President Eric Kaler on Friday for the semester’s final edition of “Kickin’ it with Kaler.” Kaler discussed the consequences of diminished state funding, President Donald Trump’s proposed budget and funding for the Aurora Center.
As University of Minnesota officials consider nonresident tuition hikes, many are split over how they might impact students. The University is considering a tuition hike of up to 10 percent for nonresident, non-reciprocity students.
A legislative proposal to make student service fees optional at the University of Minnesota could violate the school’s constitutional autonomy from the state.
Tuition hikes and program cuts may be in store for the University of Minnesota if state lawmakers don’t boost proposed funding. Members of the Minnesota House and Senate higher education committees held a conference committee meeting Tuesday to hear testimony on higher education spending bills.
Though the economy has bounced back after the Great Recession, state funding to Minnesota’s land grant institution hasn’t followed suit. Tuition at the University of Minnesota has gone up roughly 29 percent since 2007.
When Osman Mohamed Ali returned to Somalia in 2009, he noticed few cultural artifacts remained. Most relics had been destroyed in the country’s 1991 civil war, Ali said, and there were no museums left in Somalia to preserve remaining items.
The Minnesota Daily spoke with Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday about how higher education has fared in this year’s legislative session. Dayton discussed the University of Minnesota’s budget request, the House and Senate higher education omnibus bills and the consequences of inadequate state college funding.
State lawmakers in the House and Senate are split over when to tackle a bonding bill this year. As the Minnesota Senate’s bonding bill continues to lie in wait, members of the House have yet to introduce their own version of the bill.
Recently passed spending bills by the Minnesota Legislature would provide significantly less state money for the University of Minnesota than requested by the school. The House higher education omnibus bill, passed by a 77-53 vote Tuesday, recommended the University receive $22 million of its requested $147.2 million biennial budget increase.
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