I am so relieved to hear that the state Board of Higher Education is going to limit the raise in tuition costs to 3.5 percent at our four-year colleges.
If we had given them the 56 percent budget increase that Chancellor Bill Goetz asked for, the tuition increase could have been say, as much as 15 percent. But as it is we the taxpayer, through our benevolent and all knowing legislators, gave them a 79 percent budget increase.
To appease the Board of Higher Education and their imperial status, we threw in a library at Dickinson and an energy facility in Williston along with long overdue deferred maintenance. This all to keep the board from firing another chancellor and holding tuition increases to single digits. In fact, I find it hard to believe higher ed would have been able to make it on a paltry 56 percent increase they asked for.
But my faith was restored when the true needs were determined by the deliberative body in Bismarck.
In fact we as taxpayers should be thankful that we in North Dakota are educating our students, regional students and the world’s student. If not us, who!
Leon L. Mallberg, Dickinson