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Henrietta Post
  • Tuition on the rise

  • As the price tag of tuition continues to rise, RIT President Bill Destler is leading an effort to cut costs.


    Four university-based committees will be looking to identify areas of spending on campus that are unnecessary, or able to be downsized.

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  • As the price tag of tuition continues to rise, RIT President Bill Destler is leading an effort to cut costs.
    “Tuition has been rising faster than the rate of inflation for the last 20 years,” said Destler. “It’s a significant problem.”
    Tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year rose by 4.3 percent, down from an increase of 4.9 in the previous year.
    Destler said it will continue to be imperative to keep costs down.
    “Even given financial aid, many students are financially pressed, it’s a growing problem,” said Destler. “We’re beginning to see signs that the next generation of students, which is increasingly lower income, are going to be even worse off.”
     Destler recently announced the creation of four university-based committees that will be looking to identify less costly ways to operate the university. They’ll be tasked with looking to pinpoint areas of spending on campus that are unnecessary, or able to be downsized.
    RIT administrators, faculty, staff and alumni will be on the committees, and will look at current business practices to see where efficiency could be tightened.
    “We have a call out for people across the campus,” said Destler. “We’re hopeful we’ll get a large response.”
    Destler said they’ll be looking at areas across the board to cut costs—for starters, with electrical costs. Destler said they’re now in the process of replacing 20,000 fluorescent bulbs with LEDs.
    Looking at the instructional side, Destler said they’ll also be analyzing enrollment and class size.
    “We typically haven’t watched very carefully what kind of enrollment we have in classes to see whether it makes sense to run them,” he said. “A lot of other campuses do this.”
    The central areas of focus will be organizational structure, procurement activities and in-sourcing business development, IT infrastructure, and benefits.
    Destler said he’s looking to keep future tuition increases at RIT below 4 percent.
    “This year my target is around 3.5 to 4 percent.  I’d like next year’s to be lower.”
    Students react
    Q: How have tuition hikes affected you?
    Hillary Murray, Sophomore
    “There’s always a lot of pressure to keep up with scholarships. With financial aid I’ve been able to keep it down, but if it goes any higher i’ll have to drop out.”
    Anne Fonicello, Sophomore
    “I’m pretty dependent on my grant right now, if my grant drops at all I can’t come here. I have to make sure that I get scholarships to supplement, or hope my grant stays the same.”
    Evan Williams, fifth year
    “I’ve had to get an extra job. You have to work a little bit harder, but it still feels manageable.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Pete Maresca, Junior
    “My parents are feeling it a little more. It impacts what I’ll spend money on. I could have brought a car here, but I chose not to. Anything that I can cut, I try and avoid.”
     

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