University administrators defend tuition increases
— reported by KTRK ABC Channel 13
University administrators defended their double-digit tuition increases on Monday, telling a Senate panel that applications are up and schools have more professors and advisers to help students graduate sooner.
Tuition and fees at Texas public universities have increased 28 percent in the three years since lawmakers gave university officials the authority to set a portion of tuition rates.
Administrators from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and the University of Houston told the Senate subcommittee on higher education that they needed to increase tuition to compensate for state funding that hasn’t kept up with inflation or enrollment growth.