Feb 152010
Authors: Lincoln Greenhaw, Kirsten Silveira

CSU President Tony Frank said in a public forum on the university’s fiscal year 2011 budget Monday that tuition could double in coming years as he expects Colorado to cease higher education funding within the next half a decade.

“The state will try to wash its hands of the regulatory side of higher education,” said Frank, who is normally optimistic publicly about the future of CSU.

The announcement came after the newest budget projection from the state heralded an additional $1.4 million in state funding to be cut from the university’s operating budget.

Frank expressed mounting frustration during the meeting, saying that a privatized model for the state’s higher education system is unsustainable.

“Privatizing higher education is bad public policy,” he said. “I don’t know what defunded higher education is other than private.”

Staff writer Lincoln Greenhaw and Senior Reporter Kirsten Silveira can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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