Denver (AP) Despite withering criticism from Governor Owens,
the University of Colorado's Board of Regents approved a 20%
tuition hike for in–state students, Thursday. Regents approved the plan 8–to–1, saying it was their only choice in the face of declining state funding.
The decision will cut spending on personnel, maintenance and
other areas by more than $5 million dollars. Regents had initially proposed a 28% tuition hike, which prompted strong criticism from the governor and state education officials.
Owens is also criticizing the decision and is threatening to
bring the issue up when the legislature reconvenes in January.
C.U. Faculty Council President Rod Muth says the governor's
criticism is unfounded, because state funding for the university has plummeted under Owens' administration.
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