Council on Postecondary Education tells Ky. universities to cap tuition increases at 3%

04/18/2013 12:57 PM

COLUMBIA — The Council on Postsecondary Education on Thursday approved a cap of a 3 percent on any tuition increases for the eight public universities and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Only one member voted “no” and one abstained at the meeting, which was held at Lindsey Wilson College.

It was the first time the council adopted one cap for all universities. In previous years, the council approved a tier system with the two research universities — the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville — having higher caps than the other four-year universities and the community college system. Last year, UK and UofL raised tuition by 6 percent while the other four-year universities raised rates between 4 percent (Murray State University) and 5.2 percent (Eastern Kentucky University).

The 3 percent cap was met with fierce opposition from Western Kentucky University President Gary Ransdell and Morehead State University President Wayne Andrews.

Ransdell argued that his institution, which has been working to expand programs, needed a 5 percent bump.

(For more, watch Thursday night’s edition of Pure Politics on cn|2 at 7 p.m. EST/6 Central.)

- With reporting from Chris Bratton in Columbia

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