As a member of the Kansas Board of Regents since 2005, I am concerned about tuition increases at our schools (2/14, Local, “College tuition increases in Kansas left to schools”). Regent schools pay their bills with money received from the state Legislature, tuition and donations.
Twenty years ago, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas received 52 percent of their budgets from the Legislature. Today that figure is only 26 percent.
Regent schools have tried to make up this huge budget loss by getting people like you and me to donate to their schools. Donations have increased but not enough to offset the big loss from the Legislature.
I will do all I can to keep tuition costs down, but the students and their schools need more help from the Kansas Legislature.