ASU Board Approves Campus Budgets

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Flat overall spending and increased security measures highlight the Arkansas State University System budget for 2018-19, which was approved Thursday by the Board of Trustees at its regular meeting on the ASU Mid-South campus.

ASU System President Chuck Welch said the system’s $282 million budget is an increase of just 0.3 percent compared with a year ago and it includes new state funding for some campuses from the higher education productivity formula. None of the campuses will increase in-state tuition next fall, while four of the campuses will raise fees targeted mostly for increased security measures.

“When you make that sort of commitment, it’s difficult for campuses to ensure the same level of service and success when you have rising costs of operations,” Welch said. “These fee increases are as minimal as you can get, and our campuses took to heart the challenge of keeping college as affordable as we can. It speaks volumes about the work our campuses are doing to be as efficient and effective as possible.”   MORE

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