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Herbst Defends Tuition Hike

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UConn Presiden Susan Herbst. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

UConn Presiden Susan Herbst. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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STORRS, Conn. (AP) – University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst is telling students to “hold me and our administration accountable” for the quality of their education, including how money from new tuition increases is spent.

Herbst said in a blog post on UConn’s website Wednesday that she recognizes tuition increases are never popular, but that the university must respond to ongoing state budget cuts and enrollment increases.

UConn is increasing tuition between 6 percent and 6.8 percent annually over the next four years.

The money will be used to hire nearly 300 new faculty members, making classes more available so more students can graduate in four years.

Herbst said in Wednesday’s post that all great universities continuously evolve, and that adding more faculty members will help UConn boost its research and teaching quality.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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