- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 16, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) University of Virginia faculty have endorsed gradual but significant tuition increases to help the state cope with a $2 billion budget shortfall.
The resolution, approved by a voice vote on Monday by hundreds of faculty, urged the Board of Visitors and university administrators "to introduce a phased and fair increase in the rates of student tuition" until it reaches a level comparable to peer universities, such as the University of Michigan.
In-state undergraduates at the University of Michigan are paying more than $7,000 in tuition and fees this year, compared with $4,569 for in-state undergraduates attending UVa.
Faculty Senate Chairman Michael Smith said UVa. professors need to make a compelling case for tuition increases.
"We have to persuade our fellow citizens that the university is worth the money," Mr. Smith said.
The resolution also asked that the additional tuition money come directly to UVa. without further cuts in state funding, and that financial aid also be increased with the goal of meeting the needs of all qualified students.
Any additional money raised by tuition increases should be distributed to have the "greatest possible effect" on the university's core academic mission, the resolution added.
After a lengthy debate, the Assembly of Professors believed to be meeting for just the third time in school history tabled a resolution asking UVa. leaders to consider suspending fund raising and construction of a planned $128 million arena until academic departments have adequate funding restored.
The faculty meeting came on the eve of a statewide address by Gov. Mark R. Warner on the budget shortfall.
UVa. already has had its state funding for this fiscal year cut $25.4 million, though it was partially offset by $12.1 million in additional money from a tuition increase that took effect this fall.

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