tuition increases http://wkyufm.org en Ransdell: WKU Not Expecting Big Tuition Hike to Counteract Proposed State Funding Cuts http://wkyufm.org/post/ransdell-wku-not-expecting-big-tuition-hike-counteract-proposed-state-funding-cuts <p></p><p>The President of WKU says he’s not counting on a big tuition increase to help offset a proposed cut in state funding for universities.</p><p>Dr. Gary Ransdell says he believes the Council on Postsecondary Education will cap the next round of potential tuition increases at about three percent.</p><p>That’s the increase the CPE set last April for in-state undergraduate students beginning this fall. President Ransdell told WKU Public Radio that it’s probably not realistic to expect anything more than that.</p><p>“Even if the CPE would allow a higher number, we’re not likely to go there,” Dr. Ransdell said during a break in Friday’s Board of Regents meeting. “So we’re going to have a modest tuition increase. Every year there’s going to be a tuition increase. It will simply cover our fixed-cost increases. These other items are going to have to be funded in some other way—probably through redirection of funds within our budget.”</p><p>The proposed budget announced by Governor Beshear this week includes a 2.5 percent spending reduction for state universities, which amounts to a loss of $1.8 million for WKU in fiscal year 2015.</p><p><strong>Kentucky minimum wage increase? </strong></p><p>A proposed increase in Kentucky’s minimum wage would add an estimated $419,000 to WKU's current payroll obligations. Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo is sponsoring legislation that would boost the state’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, up from the current $7.25 an hour. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:52:56 +0000 Kevin Willis 42860 at http://wkyufm.org Ransdell: WKU Not Expecting Big Tuition Hike to Counteract Proposed State Funding Cuts Polite Reception For Obama College Cost Plan Belies Hurdles http://wkyufm.org/post/polite-reception-obama-college-cost-plan-belies-hurdles The big idea in President Obama's <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/08/22/fact-sheet-president-s-plan-make-college-more-affordable-better-bargain-">new proposal</a> for tackling the growing crisis in college affordability can be boiled down to this: linking federal higher education aid to a new grading system that would rate colleges and universities on the "value" they provide students.<p>While the president offered a series of ideas, the one with potentially the most bite would, come 2018, condition the size of Pell Grants — money the federal government provides for fi Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Frank James 35946 at http://wkyufm.org Polite Reception For Obama College Cost Plan Belies Hurdles WKU President Discusses Higher Ed Funding, University Construction Costs, Tuition Hikes http://wkyufm.org/post/wku-president-discusses-higher-ed-funding-university-construction-costs-tuition-hikes <p></p><p></p><p>WKU President Gary Ransdell stopped by the studios of WKU Public Radio Tuesday morning to discuss state funding for higher education, a recent announcement regarding how university construction projects will be financed, and the impact of rising tuition rates on current and future students.</p><p>President Ransdell spoke with WKU Public Radio News Director Kevin Willis. Here are some excerpts from their conversation:</p><p><strong>Kevin Willis:</strong> <strong><em>Last week it was announced that Governor Beshear and state legislative leaders were backing $363 million in bonds for university construction and renovation projects. But it was understood that the schools themselves would be footing the entire cost for their respective projects, with no extra state funding involved. WKU was given approval for $22 million in bonds for a new Honors College and International Center. </em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Are you satisfied with that approach?</em></strong> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:49:52 +0000 Kevin Willis 24910 at http://wkyufm.org WKU President Discusses Higher Ed Funding, University Construction Costs, Tuition Hikes Tuition Set to Increase Again at Kentucky's Public Schools http://wkyufm.org/post/tuition-set-increase-again-kentuckys-public-schools <p>The panel that regulates tuition rates for Kentucky&#39;s state colleges and universities has finalized tuition hikes for the 2012-2013 school year that go as high as 6%. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:52:43 +0000 Associated Press 14509 at http://wkyufm.org Tuition Set to Increase Again at Kentucky's Public Schools