College cuts will favor some schools over others

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education says state colleges and universities should find new ways to be efficient—without
raising tuition—to meet spending cuts ordered by Gov. Mitch Daniels.

Daniels ordered a $150 million cut in
state higher education spending over the remaining 18 months of the state’s two-year budget cycle because tax revenues are
far below previous projections.

The commission says colleges will be cut an average of about 6 percent, but not
all the cuts will be equal. Colleges with high state funding per student and those not making as much progress toward degree
completion goals will be cut more than other schools.

Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers says colleges
shouldn’t have to raise tuition to cope with the cuts.

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