University of Illinois President Robert Easter says that tuition rates went up at an unprecedented rate over the past decade, endangering the university's mission of accessibility. Easter's comments to U of I Trustees in Springfield come as the school begins the process of setting tuition rates for the next academic year. Easter says he has told administrators to keep costs under control, because cuts in state funding over the years have already led to burdensome tuition hikes.
Easter tells Trustees, accessibility for academically qualified students is one of the defining attributes of land grant universities like the U of I. He says preserving that accessibility by keeping tuition levels under control is a tremendous responsibility for the administration.
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