The University of Colorado Board of Regents on April 9 passed a tuition proposal that implements the second year of a linearity plan for resident undergraduate tuition at the Denver Campus.
The regents also approved a systemwide 3.1 percent merit pool for faculty and exempt staff.
The Denver Campus will move its linearity cap from 15 credit hours to 17 credit hours for fall 2013, said Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance Jeff Parker. The undergraduate nonresident rate will be made linear to 14 credits (currently linear to 13 credits). Linearity means that each successive credit hour taken is charged for, Parker said, instead of reaching a “flat spot” where successive credit hours are free.
Also, the Denver Campus in FY 2013-14 will increase its base resident undergraduate tuition rate by 6 percent, and will increase the base nonresident undergraduate tuition rate by 5 percent.
The base tuition rate for resident graduate students will increase by 1 percent, and the base tuition rate for nonresident graduate students will increase by 3 percent. The graduate resident rate gets a linearity cap of nine credits (from the currently eight credits, except for the School of Education and Human Development, which is already at nine). The graduate nonresident rate gets a linearity cap of 10 credits (from nine).
Parker noted that 78 percent of CU Denver undergraduate students take 15 credit hours or less, so a majority of students will not be impacted by the linearity change.
On the Anschutz Medical Campus, the regents approved an increase of resident undergraduate College of Nursing tuition rates by $20 per credit hour. In the School of Medicine, students in the doctor of medicine program will see a tuition rate increase of up to 3 percent (resident) and up to 1.7 percent (nonresident).
Regent Jim Geddes asked why tuition rates aren’t increasing more for programs at the Anschutz Medical Campus. CU Vice President for Health Affairs and Executive Vice Chancellor of the Anschutz Medical Campus Lilly Marks said the campus’s schools and colleges are being sensitive to student debt loads and market competitiveness.
Marks noted that the CU School of Medicine, as well as CU Anschutz’s other schools and colleges, rank among the lowest nationally in state support of public programs. Meanwhile, performance has been outstanding, she said.
“Our faculty and staff have been productive and efficient and many of them have gone without raises for years now,” Marks said. “Our most precious capital is human capital, and they’re being recruited away from us.”
Don Elliman, chancellor of CU Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, echoed Marks’ comments. “We’re in a very competitive marketplace in Denver,” he said. “We believe that a 3.1 percent salary pool is important for us to retain the quality of faculty that we have and the quality of administrators and staff.”
Regent Glen Gallegos summed up the sentiment of many on the board when he said the main concern is ensuring the quality of the University of Colorado.
He said the 3.1 percent raise pool, augmenting the 3.6 percent proposed for all state classified employees in the Colorado long bill, “is not a lot, but it’s what we can do.” Gallegos added, “We’re looking at the linearity model. It’s students paying for the hours that they’re taking. … That sits better with me than not.”
The Regents voted 6-3 in favor of the tuition proposals, with Geddes, Joe Neguse and Sue Sharkey voting against. The regents voted 9-0 in favor of the compensation pool.