The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees is seeking major increases in state aid in each of the next two fiscal years, to maintain an initiaitve to expand science and technology programs and to cover mandated pay raises.
The top Republican in the state Senate is challenging a warning from University of Connecticut officials that further tuition hikes may be needed as soon as 2019 to offset declining state funding.
The University of Connecticut will keep its Hartford-based graduate business programs at Constitution Plaza, scrapping plans to consolidate at a single downtown campus next year. The decision allows the already profitable programs to continue expanding, the university said.
A day after the University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees adopted a $1.3 billion budget after discussing it privately for 90 minutes but not in public, three state legislators urged greater transparency in the university’s budget process.
University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst told state legislators Tuesday that she could be forced to lay off staff, seek concessions from her unionized workforce and make drastic cuts in programs if state funding is cut by $10.6 million, as the governor recommends.
University of Connecticut officials adopted a new budget Wednesday that bolsters faculty and financial aid, but they warned that major growth in state aid will be needed in the near future to maintain those objectives.