I was very pleased to hear Texas Tech regents followed the chancellor's recommendation to freeze tuition for the upcoming year.
That decision bucks the national trend and I'm told most of Tech's peers including A&M and Texas have already increased tuition for next year.
Why is this important? This is an issue of concern, because in 2003 state lawmakers allowed universities to set their own tuition rate. And since then, the cost of a college education has soared an estimated 40 to 50%.
I don't get it. Did those politicians actually think that competing colleges would hold the line on their own rates? Well Texas Tech is obviously the exception this year.
Consider this: Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance and all of the regents should be commended for taking a conservative approach to tuition. They've eased the burden for many and created a competitive advantage for Texas Tech.
Meanwhile, I have one question for our representatives in Austin. Why are we making education harder to pay for in Texas?
I'm not a fan of government regulation but this is obviously out of control and something must be done to reverse the trend. Families struggle enough to pay for college without having to chase this deregulated, runaway tuition train.
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