An Academic Disconnect at the Montana University System Board of Regents

On a 4-3 vote, the Montana Board of Regents voted last week to raise tuition at Montana’s flagship campuses. Regent Todd Buchanan, who opposed the increase, said it best when he told his colleagues prior to their decision that “we better prepare ourselves for one heck of a conversation in our communities because one is coming.” Frankly, there should be.

It could begin with a question: “How can the regents raise tuition on Montana students to fill in their budget gaps when nearly every other non-subsidized business has had to make cuts to survive?”

By Kellyn Brown

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