CSU accuses state of unfair treatment on budget | SummitDaily.com

CSU accuses state of unfair treatment on budget

FORT COLLINS – Colorado State University President Larry Penley lashed out at Gov. Bill Ritter and other state officials on Thursday, saying CSU is getting less than its fair share of funding and may have to cut more than $5 million from its proposed budget.”The governor is unfairly permitting substantially larger funding increases for (the University of Colorado) than for CSU,” Penley said.Ritter’s spokesman did not immediately return a call.On Wednesday, the Colorado Senate killed an amendment to the state budget that would have allowed CSU to raise tuition after lawmakers said CSU went back on a promise to work out a deal with other colleges and universities. Lawmakers said CSU had ample time to make its case.Penley said CU is being allowed to increase tuition by between $941 and $1,398 per student, while CSU got permission to raise tuition by just $412 per student.Penley also said CU is in line for a $32 million increase in the 2007-08 budget, compared with $11.4 million for CSU.Overall, CU’s spending authority is three times larger than CSU’s but its enrollment is 1.7 times greater, he said.”We built a budget assuming that finally this governor would treat Colorado State University equitably in comparison with CU and other state colleges and universities. But the state has not dealt fairly with CSU,” Penley said.He said the Colorado Commission on Higher Education has given other state schools more flexibility than CSU to narrow the gap between tuition and expenses. Those schools include Adams State, Mesa State, Western State, Fort Lewis, the University of Northern Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines, he said.”We can no longer afford to give away an education at one of the state’s top research universities at 60 percent of the cost and remain competitive or offer the high-quality education our students deserve,” Penley said.Officials of the higher education commission did not immediately return a call.

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