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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 2:48 pm

Morehead State University plans to become the third state-funded Kentucky college to freeze tuition for the 2018-19 school year.

MSU president Dr. Jay Morgan said Wednesday if the decision is approved by the university’s Board of Regents in June, tuition costs would remain at $4,475 a semester for at least one year.

“I don’t know of any university that can, from a long-term perspective, freeze tuition for five or ten years or something,” Morgan said. “This really was a short-term freeze. It’s going to give us some time to review and analyze.”

Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Louisville made similar decisions last fall.

Morgan said he is confident the board will approve the plan. He adds the freeze will allow MSU to make financial adjustments as it deals with budgetary challenges from the state, including a 6.7 percent reduction in state funding.

While measures are taken to combat these challenges, Morgan said Morehead State will remain focused on student education and affordability. He noted he would like to avoid wholesale cuts to departments and programs in favor of cutting back campus infrastructure.

“You can look around pretty quickly in the summer months and otherwise, many of our buildings are empty because we don’t have classes in session,” he said. “We teach about 30 percent or more of all of our classes online now.”

Morgan said there will always be a need for traditional classroom space, but that the nature of higher education is changing with technology.

University officials are considering empty, aged dormitories like Cooper Hall and Butler Hall for replacement with green space, Morgan said. The Board of Regents will hear a presentation on the matter next month. In addition to cutting back on facilities, Morgan said officials are contemplating “creative budgetary savings” that would shift assets and concentrate on efficiency.

Other universities have made more extreme cuts, including Eastern Kentucky University’s slashing of 150 positions earlier this month. Morgan said he doesn’t expect such severe layoffs at MSU.

“I don’t think ours at Morehead State University will be quite that large," he said. "I don’t think any university in Kentucky, at least regional universities, will have the luxury to not affect peoples’ employment in some way.”

Cost-cutting measures MSU has taken thus far include a $1 million curtailment in administrative posts and a voluntary separation or work reduction plan for faculty and staff.

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