AUSTIN – Dr. Thomas Lindsay, Director of the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, issued this statement on the University of Texas Regents' freeze on undergraduate in-state tuition:
“Through freezing in-state tuition for the coming year, the University of Texas System regents have done justice to UT students and their parents. Tuition and student-loan debt at Texas universities have reached record highs, and higher education costs have far outpaced inflation and every other sector of the economy.
“In this time of economic malaise, individuals, families, and businesses have been forced to do more with less. Before universities seek future tuition increases, they must demonstrate to taxpayers that they have maximized all possible cost savings, efficiencies, and opportunities for transparency in their operations.
“The UT regents’ action conforms with several of the goals for higher education reform that the Foundation has long articulated: transparency and accountability, better use of resources, world-class research and high-quality graduates, and reduced cost to students and taxpayers.”
Thomas K. Lindsay, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Higher Education at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.