College Students Protest Budget Cuts

Some students heading back to college for fall 2010 will see some changes on campus due to budget cuts. Colleges have seen a drop in endowments, contributions, and funding during the 2009-2010 school year. This has caused a lot of colleges and universities to cut their budgets for the 2011 school year. They have also increased tuition to help cover their budget deficits. Here is a list of colleges that have cut their budgets and their affect on students:

1. Delaware State University:
Delaware State University has decided to cut the women's equestrian team and the men's tennis team from their roster for the 2011 season. DSU claims that they spend more money on their sports programs than any other univerisity in their league. Their current budget is set at $ 12 million dollars a year, and by cutting the two DSU Hornets sports teams, they hope to save $ 700,000. The women's equestrian sued Delaware State claiming they were in violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 which prohibits sex discrimination in federally funded educational programs, and specifically applies to athletic programs. The students claim that they specifically chose to attend Delaware State to be on their equestrian team. Hoping to dodge a federal court case, the University recently reversed its decision to drop the equestrian team and reinstated it for another year. Delaware State will also be looking at cost saving measures in its remaining sports teams. The DSU women's equestrian team and men's tennis team are not the only sports programs that DSU has tried to eliminate. Last year, they also cut their wrestling program citing economic and equity reasons.

2. Texas State University
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has ordered Texas State to cut their budget by 5%, or $ 7.8 million, this year. Because of the budget cuts, the University will not be hiring any new teachers, and there will be no 3% pay raise this year for current teachers. Texas State faculty members are already the lowest paid out of the 10 largest universities in Texas. Texas State has the highest student to teacher ratio in the state. The free in hiring new faculty will cause the student to teacher ratio to be even higher since there was a 1500 new student growth this past fall. Students may find this could affect their grades as they compete for one on one time with professors. Students will also be paying 5.4% more for their tuition in 2011. This is higher than the 5% tuition increase recommended by Texas State University. On Thursday, March 4, 2010, roughly 100 protests at the University of Texas at Austin rallied against the increase in tuition and fees approved on March 3 by the University of Texas System regents.

3. UCLA
In 2009, the University of California (UC) Board of Regents voted to increase tuition at UCLA by 32%. This increase was scheduled to last until 2011. Unfortunately the tuition increase left UCLA with a 2009-10 budget deficit of approximately $ 131 million. To compensate for this, the 2010-2011 school year fees are being increased again. Fees rise again by $ 1,334, or 15 percent, for both resident undergraduates and graduate students starting in summer 2010. Professional degrees are also feeling the effect of a fee hike. Fee increases for professional degrees for the 2010-2011 academic year range from $ 280 to $ 5,696. On Thursday, March 4, about 200-300 students congregated at the Bruin Plaza on the UCLA campus for about an hour to protest the fees hikes. The participants then gave a list of demands to a representative of Chancellor Gene Block, demanding lower student fees, changes in admission policies and the reversal of employee furloughs and layoffs.

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