Thursday, April 16, 2009

Eisler Talks Numbers, Answers Questions in Forum

Ferris President Speaks On A Variety Of Topics

Everything from tuition increases to the new optometry building was on the table for discussion during Ferris State University’s “Our Budget, Our Future” forum on Wednesday, reports the Big Rapids Pioneer. The forum featured Ferris President David Eisler, who gave students a rundown on the university’s current budget situation, including an approximate tuition increase, while answering a number of general questions students had regarding campus issues. Despite Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s proposed tuition freeze to all public universities, Eisler said he expects tuition to increase, but at a rate that will restrain costs to students over the next few years instead of instituting a large increase a few years down the road.

“Freezing tuition now would create an 18 to 20 percent increase in the future,” he said. “That’s just not something we can do to students down the line.”
Ferris is looking at a $6.3 million revenue shortfall for 2009-10. To combat this, Eisler said he has asked all department vice presidents to hold an additional 2 percent of their budgets to make up some of that shortfall.

To learn about President Eisler, his initiatives, activities, vision for the University and more, visit his Web site at http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/administration/president/homepage.htm.

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