Here is the lead from the Journal’s story: The national debate over the cost of a college degree is roiling the University of Texas’s flagship campus, where the school’s president has been at odds with board members and with Gov. Rick Perry over the wisdom of raising tuition. The dispute has reached such a point that the chancellor of the state’s multi-campus university system, Francisco G. Cigarroa, stated this week that he hasn’t tried to fire William Powers Jr., president of the Austin campus. The Journal article incorporated a chart (above) listing tuition and fees for twelve major public universities. The most expensive was Berkeley at $14,461; the least expensive was North Carolina at $7,009. Seven schools ranked higher than UT’s $9,722. UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa was quoted in the story as saying, “The trend of consistently raising tuition to counter reductions from other funding sources is not sustainable for students and parents.” This can be read as an implicit criticism by Cigarroa of the state’s leadership and the Legislature for their lack of support of higher education; in fact, it can hardly be read in any other way.
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