Office of the President Letters to Campus

On Tuition-Setting Authority

Elson S. Floyd, Ph.D. – 1/26/10

Should the governing boards of Washington colleges and universities have more authority to set tuition for their institutions? In the early days of this legislative session, that seems to have become the highest-profile higher education issue in Olympia and statewide.

I fully understand the level of interest. Rising tuition, and its impact on access to a college education, is a vital concern to our students and a major issue impacting the economic future of our state.

However, I have more trouble understanding the point of view that preserving the status quo, and continuing to give governing boards little control … » More …

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