operates as efficiently as possible so that increases in tuition can be as low as possible.
He praised and echoed Ms. Watts's sentiment that today's students need every break they
Mr. Hardymon recognized Mr. Williams next, who added a note about student
employment. Within Human Resources there is a student employment service that offers
jobs to students both on and off campus and helps screen jobs and applicants so that both
will be suitable for each others' needs.
Ms. Smith Edge spoke next after being recognized by Mr. Hardymon. Ms. Smith
Edge agreed with Ms. Watts and the chairman that the need is to continue to look at the
future and not simply to react to it. Increases in student tuition are never pleasing to
anyone, but she is happy that the board was able to offer some relief from the original
amount quoted and in so doing to reduce the burden to students. She also praised the
look at the scholarship issue and the intended increase for the faculty. The administration
has done well in informing the board to enable them to know where UK has been and
where it needs to go.
Mr. Hardymon recognized Ms. Tobin, who offered the view that the proposed
increases were really an increase in investment. That investment is in our faculty. She
advocated "I for one would much rather see us take a bold step and make some increases
to retain faculty and to be a place where faculty want to come." In addition, it is
necessary to consider the needs of continuing faculty, those who have been here for years
and have received 1 percent increases. "We need to be thinking about higher increases in
the future if we are planning for the future, for increases more in the area of 6 percent to
10 percent for our faculty." Higher education is an individual's investment in the future.
We must consider where our future funding is coming from. She expressed her
appreciation for the faculty who had stayed at the university despite the 1 percent raises.
Professor Kennedy was called on next by Mr. Hardymon; he briefly seconded Ms.
Professor Moore was recognized next. He began by stating that Ms. Tobin took a
lot of the words out of his mouth. He expanded on her ideas by saying that the board
should be looking out long term for the interests of both the faculty and the staff. The
university should do everything it can to bring salaries for all employees up to the
benchmark level. He added to Ms. Watts's thoughts by saying that he has noticed the
students are of a higher quality than before. And many of these students are students of
need, not always from a middle-class background. Remembering to fund their needs also
is important, and a very positive part of this budget is that it does that.
Mr. Hardymon called on Mr. Miles next. He pointed out that there are really
tough decisions to be made in the coming years. Every state is experiencing the same
financial problems as Kentucky. To do what should be done will take a long time, but
state-supported schools are the only hope of the type of young men and women Ms.
Watts alluded to. One of the things such schools have to do is obtain the necessary