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UTEP to Host Tuition and Fees Forum Tuesday

The University of Texas at El Paso invites University community members to offer recommendations to a committee of students, faculty and staff on a potential tuition increase at the Tuition and Fees Forum.

The forum was scheduled after the University of Texas System Board of Regents authorized UT System academic institutions to pursue potential increases in tuition and fees for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 academic years.

UTEP officials want the proposal process to be open and transparent, inclusive and informative, especially for students. They want the tuition and fee information to be accessible and the discussion to explain UTEP’s efforts to keep costs down while meeting its priorities and those of the UT System.

At the forum, Vice President for Student Affairs Gary Edens, Ed.D., will compare UTEP’s tuition and fees with Texas’ other emerging research universities, discuss UTEP’s cost-saving measures, and answer questions that students or others may have.

Proposals are due to the UT System Office of Academic Affairs by Dec. 4, 2017.

“UTEP is proud that we have been able to maintain some of the lowest tuition costs of any national research university, but increases are now needed to retain faculty and ensure the quality of the educational experience,” said Edens. “Members of the campus community are encouraged to attend the forum to hear more about the tuition-setting process and provide feedback on UTEP’s plan for the future.”

People also may share their thoughts, questions and ideas electronically through UTEP’s Tuition and Fees website.

What: Tuition and Fees Forum

When: 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017

Where: UTEP’s Union Building East, University Suite, Room 312

UT System Board of Regents Approves Tuition Increase for UTEP

On Monday, the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved tuition and fee increase proposals for all of the System academic institutions including The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

“We are very appreciative of the Board of Regents approving our tuition and fee increases,” said Gary Edens, Ed.D., vice president of student affairs and chair of the student-majority Tuition and Fees Advisory Committee.

“The committee engaged in a very consultative and collaborate process with all of our stakeholders for the proposal. All students have concerns about the cost of higher education, but UTEP students understand that their competitiveness upon graduation from UTEP relies on our capacity to provide them educational experiences comparable to those available to their peers in more affluent settings. Even with this modest increase, UTEP will still have the lowest net cost of research universities in Texas and in the nation.”

Based on 15 credit hours per semester, for most UTEP in-state students, the increase in tuition and fees will be about $163 per semester in 2016 and $170 in 2017.

For out-of-state students, the increases will be about $430 and $450, respectively, for each fiscal year.

For in-state graduate students the increase will be about $121 for 2016 and $126 for 2017; out-of-state graduate students will see increases of $282 and $295, respectively.

Author: UTEP

Analysis: Raising College Tuition, Deflecting the Blame

When it comes to self-preservation, politicians are pretty damn smart.

It’s a new year and state colleges — the University of Texas System tops the listright now — are talking about raising tuition for next year’s class of students. No particular officeholder will get the blame if that happens, and yet, you can find lawmakers who want the responsibility for prices back in their hands.

A little more than a decade ago, Texas lawmakers had what looked like two choices: Either they could raise tuition at the state’s public universities, or they could increase the amount of money budgeted for those schools in the state’s appropriations bill.

Make it three choices: They could have starved the schools, but they didn’t want to do that.

Option one would open lawmakers to attacks of raising prices on an increasingly fundamental requirement for entry into a financially independent adulthood. Yes, there are exceptions, but a college education greatly increases the odds of success. Nobody in politics wants to deny that to their citizens, whether by restricting admissions or raising prices.

Option two would have required large increases in state spending, another way to get whacked in a state ruled, indirectly, by conservative Republican voters. Brian McCall, a former state representative who is now the chancellor of the Texas State University System, said last year, “The money’s got to come from somewhere. From students or from the state. That’s it.”

So here’s the genius of self-preservation at work: In 2003, legislators held state spending on colleges and universities more or less where it had been, and gave up their power to set tuition altogether, handing that power to the appointed boards of regents at the schools themselves.

Tuition went up, because the schools needed money and the Legislature would not give them more, through the budget. The state held the line. Students paid the price.

Voters would love to blame someone — you can tell by listening to them at town halls and by seeing what the current crop of candidates has to say about tuition.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who grumbled via news release when the University of Texas System started talking about new tuition hikes in October, has senators looking at the issue between now and the 2017 legislative session. Some of them want to set rates themselves rather than trust that to the schools.

House Speaker Joe Straus has his colleagues working, too, broadly asking them to study the affordability and accessibility of college in the state.

Those studies might bring new ideas to the debate or revive older ones, like a persistent proposal to put pricing back in the hands of legislative budget-writers.

Perhaps that will happen, but lawmakers would forfeit a political benefit and maybe some restraint over tuition rates, too.

Politicians have escaped direct blame for the increases — that’s one less thing they have to worry about as they seek re-election. Regents, appointed by the governor and approved by the state Senate, aren’t on the ballot. Voters, following the lead of their elected officials, blamed the schools. Helluva deal, isn’t it?

Along with that political advantage comes a practical one: The regents have been more tight-fisted than legislators themselves.

The Legislature “deregulated” tuition in 2003, using the political language generally reserved for times when they unleash a private industry or activity that has been straining under the yoke of government. That vintage rhetoric was intentional; lawmakers said they were freeing the state’s colleges and universities to set their own tuition rates rather than dictating them from Austin.

Tuition was expected to rise rapidly. It did — but it might have been worse had legislators been at the wheel. Only nine of the state’s 38 four-year colleges and universities raised prices faster in the decade after deregulation than in the decade that preceded it, according to a 2015 Texas Tribune analysis, and average prices at many of those nine remain below the state’s average.

A political argument on the other side: The Texas Legislature had a Democratic majority before that 2003 legislative session and has had a Republican one ever since. Republicans might argue that they’ve never had a real chance to prove themselves as stewards of tuition rates..

Voters might like the idea, whether they are Republicans, Democrats or none-of-the-aboves: They’d be in position to see who was for and who was against  higher prices for higher education.

After all, isn’t it a little bit strange to let elected officials get away with yelling and carping about the government that they themselves belong to? It is supposed to be to their credit when the government is operating well, and their fault if the government is messed up. It’s hard to hold them responsible if they aren’t in control.

Disclosure: The Texas State University System was a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune from 2012 to 2014. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.

Author:  – The Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues

Proposed UT System-wide Tuition Hike could mean 4.5% Increase for UTEP Students

At a University of Texas Regents meeting in Galveston on Wednesday, the Academic Affairs Committee report indicated an across-the-board tuition hike for schools; including a proposed 4.5% increase for UTEP each year, for the next two years.

As first reported by the Texas Tribune, University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven stated that “most of the eight universities under his authority collect less tuition than their peers and need to raise rates to remain competitive.”  Last October, the UT System’s Board instructed all schools to come up with proposals for increasing tuition and fees for the next two to four years.

According to the AAC report, for a resident undergraduate student, the proposed hike would cost $163 more than 2015 rates – an increase of 4.5%; tuition would again go up 4.5% for Fall of 2017.  The report goes on to state, “36% of resident undergraduate students currently receive aid in excess of tuition and fee amounts. Proposed tuition increases would not change the percent of the population that has tuition and fees fully covered through grants and scholarships”


Since the hike is greater than 2%, individual universities must allocate that extra money to areas they designate as ‘key institutional priorities.’ The report states that UTEP has designated the following area as priorities:

(1) Student Success: U. T. El Paso students have identified allocations for targeted priorities including advising, tutoring, internships, on-campus employment, and mentoring. U. T. El Paso is nationally recognized for developing innovative support strategies for the 21st century student demographic, data-informed programs designed to target needs of first-generation and low-income student population.

(2) Faculty Recruitment and Retention: U. T. El Paso plans to conduct highly intentional faculty hiring in areas of strategic priorities, to leverage strengths and increase interdisciplinary collaboration. The average Tenure/Tenure-Track faculty salary is currently the third lowest of emerging research institutions in Texas.

(3) Graduate Teaching Assistants: U. T. El Paso plans to address compensation levels for doctoral students to maintain fairness and competitiveness.

(4) Technology Enhancements: Demand for enhanced technology support is tied closely with student success and faculty support and includes expanded mobile device support, virtualized software, and system backup for research computing.

Last year, UTEP officials had several forums to discuss the proposed tuition increases. At that time, officials said the increase could be anywhere between 2 and 5 percent.

UT Regents now have to vote on the system-wide hike later this spring.

Tuition hikes looming, UTEP to host Tuition and Fees Forums

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has authorized UT System academic institutions to pursue potential increases in tuition and fees for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years.

The University of Texas at El Paso is inviting University community members to offer recommendations to a committee of students, faculty and staff on a potential tuition increase.

The committee will look at the needs of the University and determine where additional funds should be invested. Tuition recommendations may include an increase of 2 percent per year to account for escalation of costs on campuses for salaries, technology, infrastructure and other expenses, as well as reasonable additional increases that would address student success and other needs of greatest institutional priority.

Proposals are due to the UT System Office of Academic Affairs by Dec. 7, 2015.

“UTEP remains committed to its access and excellence mission,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Gary Edens, Ed.D. “It is critically important, however, that we stay competitive with other institutions in Texas and around the country while still serving the students of the Paso del Norte region.”

The University will offer live chats on for those who will not be able to attend an open forum in person.

“We’ve learned from past experience that many more students want to participate online than can attend an in-person, on-campus forum,” Edens said. “It is our hope that students take advantage of the chat forums to provide their feedback, recommendations and thoughts.”

The dates of the open forums are:

Nov. 11 Union Building East, Room 312 @ 3 p.m.

Nov. 12 @ 10:30 a.m.

Nov. 17 @ 9:30 a.m.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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