University Of Idaho President Proposes Tuition Freeze In Exchange For Faculty Raises

Jan 26, 2015

Credit University of Idaho

The president of the University of Idaho says the school will freeze undergraduate resident tuition rates next year if lawmakers fully fund a 3 percent salary increase for faculty and staff.

President Chuck Staben made the suggestion Monday to lawmakers on the Legislature's budget committee.

Officials say the cost would be $1.6 million.

Staben says reducing tuition will increase access to education.

He says salaries at the university are about 16 percent below average compared to institutions nationwide. He says turnover at the school this year increased to 18 percent from 16 percent last year.