Connecticut’s largest public college system needs an 11 percent increase in its base-level state funding next year– just to limit an anticipated tuition-and-fee hike to 2 percent, according to an administration proposal.
New academic initiatives yielded mixed enrollment results for Connecticut’s public colleges and universities, according to preliminary numbers. The University of Connecticut hit an enrollment benchmark for this fall, but the state’s merged public college system did not grow as much as hoped.
A new outreach program designed to attract new students to Connecticut’s merged public college system also could determine whether system’s new $1.1 billion budget remains in balance over the next year.
“This is not a sustainable outlook,” said Matt Fleury, chairman of the Regents’ Finance Committee, of the remaining $9.7 million balance. College officials said they were forced to turn to the reserves in recent weeks to close this year’s budget deficit.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s “Transform CSCU 2020” initiative appears to be part program, part bailout, or a “tuition supplement,” as college officials are calling it.