DENVER -- Some University of Colorado regents say they're vexed by the soft stance that student leaders on the Boulder campus have taken on tuition proposals.
Two proposals from Boulder campus administrators are on the table for in-state students -- an 8.6 percent increase and a 6.7 percent increase.
The board is scheduled to vote on the rates Thursday.
The tuition-setting process has divided the Board of Regents this year. Some regents have voiced concerns over tuition-funded raises for top-paid administrators last year -- including a $49,000 raise for Boulder campus Chancellor Phil DiStefano -- and some have said they want to see tuition proposals without raise pools for employees.
A resolution prepared by student government leaders from the Boulder campus says they favor a guaranteed tuition plan for in-state students in future years. But they stopped short of saying which proposal, if any, they support this year.
"The University of Colorado Boulder students also encourage the Board of Regents to look carefully at the proposed increases for 2012-2013, while keeping in mind the quality of education," the resolution states.
Regent Jim Geddes, R-Sedalia, said the students are sending a "mixed message."
Regent Joe Neguse, D-Boulder -- a former CU student body president -- said he's disappointed the Boulder campus leaders haven't taken a strong position.
"I can assure you that the nine of us are 'looking closely' at tuition," he said. "What I'd like to know is where the students stand on it, particularly the students on the Boulder campus. The CU student government has been vigilant about holding student fees low."
Neguse questions why student leaders have kept student fees stable, even reducing them, without holding the board to the same standards with tuition.
Inter-campus student forum chairman Ajay Thomas reported to the board that student leaders understand that the university may need to increase tuition to maintain academic quality because of dwindling state support.
CU Regent Irene Griego, D-Lakewood, said she's heard from CU students who want to ensure the quality of their education and that there's a demand for retaining top-notch professors.
CU is expecting its state funding to be down $4.6 million next year, a cut that's about 60 percent smaller than the school had previously expected. But the university says its mandated expenses will increase by $5.3 million because of added contributions it will be required to make to employees' health, life and dental insurance plans.
Colorado students in the College of Arts and Sciences this year pay $7,672 in tuition.
An 8.6 percent increase would translate to an extra $656. CU would change the way it charges tuition, with students paying for up to 12 credit hours instead of 11.25, and the rate per credit would increase 1.7 percent.
Under the 6.7 percent scenario -- which some regents requested at a meeting last month -- tuition would increase by $514. CU students would still pay for 12 credit hours instead of 11.25, but the rate per credit hour would remain the same, at $341.
The regents are meeting Thursday at the Tivoli Student Center on the Auraria campus in Denver. A discussion and possible vote on tuition is scheduled for the budget and finance portion of the meeting, which begins at 9:45 a.m.
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