NDN EDUCATION REPORTER BRITTANY SHAMMAS TWEETS
Trustees at Florida Gulf Coast University plan to hold an emergency meeting Monday to consider appealing the state's decision to limit the school's tuition increase to 12 percent.
FGCU administrators requested the Board of Governors' permission to increase tuition by 14 percent for the 2012-13 year. On Thursday, that request was denied, and the university was instead given permission to raise it by 12 percent.
FGCU administrators originally sought approval from the university's board of trustees to ask for a 15 percent increase -- the highest allowed under state law -- saying it was necessary to maintain educational quality.
The 12 percent limit, decided Thursday by the Board of Governors, means an estimated $650,000 budget shortfall based on the university's original budget projections. The additional losses will be painful for the university, which has never had a tuition increase denied, FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw said.
FGCU was not alone in having its request denied this year: Only four of eight universities that originally requested the full increase received approval from the Board of Governors.
That's left presidents at several universities considering the option to appeal, which has never been used by any of Florida's universities.
FGCU trustees will meet at 11 a.m. Monday in room 309 of Academic Building 5.