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Tue., July 16, 2013, 2:55 p.m.

Tuition Relief For Idaho Colleges?

Idaho’s State Board of Education is taking a new tack to try to improve higher education cost efficiencies and possibly give students a bit of a break on rising tuition. But don’t look for quick relief for Idaho students under siege from ever-rising tuition. Between Fall 2003 and Fall 2012, tuition rose 81 percent at Boise State University and 86 percent at the University of Idaho, according to Ed Board figures. Universities complain they are reacting to the state’s dwindling support for higher education. Idaho’s Ed Board wants the state’s universities and Lewis Clark State College to prioritize their programs. Presumably those at the bottom of the list could be candidates for elimination/Bill Roberts, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Should unpopular programs be jettisoned by Idaho colleges to help keep tuition costs down?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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