The Board of Regents and new University of Alaska President Patrick Gamble should oppose the largest tuition hike in University of Alaska's history at their Thursday meeting in Juneau. The Board of Regents are considering 23 percent worth of increases over two years, making college drastically more expensive for the 30,000 students who attend statewide.
Instead of increasing tuition 23 percent, they should increase it more closely to the rate of inflation, or around 12 percent over two years. To make up for the extra revenue, the regents should tighten up administrative costs and work closely with Alaska legislators and the governor to meet the University's budget needs without breaking the backs of students in the process.
Alaska will lose even more students to out-of-state colleges if the regents choose to price the University of Alaska out of business.
Senior at the University of Alaska Anchorage