If There's a Way, There's a Will to Regulate Tuition

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Academic Shift

The 2013 legislative session will mark the 10th anniversary of a decision by Texas lawmakers to deregulate college tuition, giving the authority to set tuition at public universities to the institutions.

Since deregulation, the average total of tuition and fees at the state’s public universities has increased by 90 percent, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Some lawmakers are hoping the upcoming session provides an opportunity to regain control of the price-setting process.

“It’s past time for the Legislature to stop abdicating its responsibility and instead make some tough decisions on tuition,” said Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston ...

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