The University of South Florida Board of Trustees wants students to pay another 11 percent in tuitions and apparently would have asked for more but wanted to “send a message to the state,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Under state law, the trustees could have asked for a 15 percent increase but hope to present a frugal front after determining they could “get by with less.” USF Provost Ralph Wilcox made the announcement.
Trustee Liz Bird voted against the measure, saying asking for anything less than the maximum was “shooting ourselves in the foot,”
The USF trustee recommended tuition hike needs approval by the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system. That board meets next week. USF is only one of two universities out of the 11 (soon to be 12) that's asking for less than the full increase. The University of Florida voted last week to only ask for a 9 percent hike.
USF trustees blame the state for tuition hikes but the state is struggling with budget shortfalls across the board, not just in education.
Meanwhile, a state report showing the pay of professors and faculty at USF doesn't necessarily reflect the sour national economy and the state’s ongoing budget woes.
For example, as of Oct. 2011, according to theTampa Bay Business Journal, USF Professor Neil Fenske makes $1,213,362.00 per year. Not bad for government work. Professor David Smith knocks down $627,356.00 and Associate professor basil Cherpelis makes do with $538,683.00.
USF has a position called V.P. of Advancement/Alumni Affairs that pays Joel Momberg $530,250 per year for his gig and the list of well-funded taxpayer employees goes on and on, including USF President Judy Genshaft who makes $545,000 a year.
Student debt surpassed $1 trillion in the U.S. before USF trustees recommended hiking tuition rates by 11 percent. Some students and taxpayers think the state ought to do more to make education more affordable, and USF professor and faculty salaries might be the perfect place to start. To see the salaries paid to more than 9.000 USF employees, click here.