Feb 24, 2010 7:10 AM by Rob Kirkpatrick

Jindal Asks Lawmakers To Give Up Authority Over College Tuition

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing that
state lawmakers give up their authority over college tuition and
fee increases - if colleges meet certain performance standards.
Four-year schools would have to increase admission standards and
improve graduation rates, while community and technical colleges
would have to show improvement in getting students into jobs.
In exchange, schools could raise their tuition and fee costs -
without a vote of the Legislature - by up to 10 percent a year
until they reach the average of similar schools. After that,
colleges could hike tuition up to five percent a year or up to the
increase in an index that tracks higher education costs around the
Jindal announced the proposal Tuesday. Lawmakers will consider
it in the legislative session that begins March 29.


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