In Brief - Education - June 21, 2013

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The Associated Press

Tuition freeze part of budget

ST. PAUL, Minn.  — The Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has approved a budget that freezes tuition.
MnSCU’s (MINN’-skews) $1.9 billion budget uses a state funding boost to hold next year’s tuition to this year’s rate. Fees will stay nearly flat.
The Star Tribune reports combined, tuition and fees will average $7,344 at the seven state universities, just $3 more than last year. At Minnesota’s public two-year colleges, the price tag will be $5,360.
More than 200,000 students are enrolled in credit-bearing courses in the MnSCU system.
The board of trustees unanimously approved the 2014 budget, which spends $61.9 million more than in 2013, a 3.4 percent increase. The plan includes a 2.6 percent compensation increase for faculty and staff.

Survey gives poor marks

HONOLULU — A national survey of teacher-training programs that gives poor marks to the University of Hawaii and Chaminade University is drawing criticism.
The National Council on Teacher Quality released findings this week that give dismal rankings to most of the teacher-preparation programs in the country.
Chaminade got two out of four stars for its undergraduate elementary program and one star for its graduate secondary program. Programs at the University of Hawaii’s Manoa and Hilo campuses received one or no stars. A rating couldn’t be calculated for programs at Brigham Young University Hawaii at UH West Oahu. Teacher training at Hawaii Pacific University wasn’t rated.