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Kingsport Times News. May 8, 2022.

Editorial: Local colleges holding their own in tough times

The University of Virginia announced that it will increase undergraduate tuition and fees by 4.7% next year and another 3.7% the following year. The school cited inflation and salary increases for faculty and staff. Room and board charges will also each increase by approximately 4%.

But just 20 miles south of the Virginia state line, East Tennessee State University’s board of trustees has approved a zero percent increase in tuition and fees for the 2022 academic year. -23. Housing and meal plans will also remain at the current rate, and ETSU will not charge online fees for summer school.

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That ETSU is holding the line on tuition fees for the second time in three years is all the more remarkable given that for several years enrollment has either held steady or increased only slightly.

“There’s absolutely going to be an increase in tuition and fees” at colleges and universities across the country, said Jim Hundrieser, vice president of consulting and business development at the National Association of College and University Business Leaders. .

According to The Hechinger Report, an independent, nonprofit news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, due to “the rising cost of everything from energy to food, as well as Due to the upward pressure on salaries and benefits, several institutions have already announced increases in tuition and fees. for the next year by up to 4.7%, while raising the prices of meal plans and housing – which at public four-year universities are already higher than tuition in the State. Many other colleges will set their rates this month.

“Some do not even wait for the fall to increase their rates. Virginia Tech, for example, raised meal plan costs by 9% this semester to help cover a pay raise for dining room employees,” Hechinger reported.

According to US News and World Report, college education costs have been on an upward trend over the past two decades. In addition to high tuition fees, paying for housing, food, transportation, books, and other school-related costs can add thousands of dollars to college expenses.

“To reduce costs and limit student debt, many families choose to send teenagers to colleges across the state. But data from the past 20 years shows that the average cost of tuition and fees for private and public National Universities has grown significantly for both in-state and out-of-state students since 2001. National Universities are often research-oriented schools, much like ETSU.

Student councilor Kara Gilliam applauded the ETSU board for not raising tuition fees and urged members to continue looking for ways to keep the cost of higher education in the region as low as possible.

“I think, yes, we’re competitive and comparable in our tuition across the state, but I just think nationally we have a problem where higher education is becoming less and less affordable. “, said Gilliam.

ETSU in-state tuition is $9,259; out-of-state tuition is $27,406. This compares to UT at $13,264 for in-state tuition and $31,664 for out-of-state. Tuition in Northeastern State is $4,326; out of state, $16,902.

ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland acknowledges his concern about the university’s future financial situation due to inflation and said it will be difficult for the university to continue not to increase tuition. tuition and fees in the future.

But for now, our local colleges and universities are competitive and holding the line in very difficult times.

Johnson City Press. May 10, 2022.

Editorial: Don’t Waste, Don’t Want to at the Gas Pump

Shock sticker on gas pumps could remind motorists to follow Benjamin Franklin’s good advice: “Don’t waste, don’t want”.

Conservation is a key part of a national energy plan that has been overlooked by policymakers in Washington, DC, for decades. Even suggesting that Americans should reduce their driving has often been ridiculed and scorned.

Even so, rising gas prices may discourage some Americans from using the highways. Analysts say high fuel prices could actually do something that public awareness campaigns have failed to do: convince drivers to take fewer trips in their gas-powered cars.

By reducing the number of trips primarily by combining several short trips into one, Americans would save fuel and help keep prices at the pump from skyrocketing.

Common sense too. With gas prices now above $4 a gallon, it’s disheartening to see the number of cars pouring into our major cities every business day with just one occupant.

Using common sense can help Americans save a few dollars on fuel costs. When it comes to saving money at the gas pump, simply obeying the speed limit can help reduce fuel consumption.

The US Environmental Protection Agency says motorists can improve their gas mileage by at least 15% by driving at 55 mph rather than 65 mph. Here are some other EPA tips for improving gas mileage:

• Use your car only when necessary. This means walking or taking public transport whenever possible. Rising gas prices could spark a fruitful discussion about the need for more public transit options, like commuter rail service.

• Go easy on the brakes and the accelerator pedal and avoid “harsh” starts by accelerating gradually.

• Avoid long idling by turning off the engine if you anticipate a long wait.

• Do not carry unnecessary objects in the trunk. The extra weight decreases gas mileage.

• Keep tires properly inflated and aligned, and be sure to perform regular engine tune-ups.

Fortunately, high prices at the gas pump are also convincing Americans of the benefits of hybrid and all-electric vehicles. The sooner this nation can be weaned from its dependence on fossil fuels, the better.

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