UGA Spends as Budgets Get Cut

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) -- A newspaper investigation has found that the
University System of Georgia has been on a spending spree as
billions have been cut from the state's budget during the
recession.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the state's
35-campus public university system has gone from $5.4 billion in
spending in 2007 to a projected $7 billion this year. The spending
includes lavish buildings, high-price administrators and
top-of-the-line technology, as well as new football teams and
dozens of new academic programs.

That's at the same time that tuition has gone up by 50 percent
since 2008, and students are paying 87 percent more in fees.

State lawmakers have become frustrated in recent years, saying
that the system isn't sharing the burden of state spending cuts.
University system administrators say they have cut back but have to
raise tuition to keep up with the cost of delivering a college
education.


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  • by Georgia Boy Location: Cairo on Jul 25, 2011 at 03:55 AM
    Can't speak for the Georgia University System, but having been associated with the Florida one there is indeed a lot of waste in it. I suggest that instead of building new buildings on existing campuses that the community college system be put to more use. Remove ALL freshman and sophomore classes from the four year schools, have those taught in the community colleges closer to home, and allow only upper class and graduate classes to be taught on the now four year campuses. When all the first and second year students are removed from the four year campuses that will leave a lot of buildings that can be used for the upper level classes. And if any aren't needed, lease them out to private businesses that have need of easy access to the expertise on campus.
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