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Despite the rising costs of a college education and a state budget cut that cost the University of Texas at Arlington about $10 million, school officials made a surprise announcement this week that surely pleased students and those who financially support them.
University President James Spaniolo is proposing for the first time in a decade no increase in tuition, fees and room and board for the 2012-13 school year.
The good news is possible because of unprecedented enrollment growth -- up 34 percent in five years, to 33,439 this fall -- and new sources of revenue.
Earlier belt-tightening measures, including a hiring freeze and a voluntary separation program for qualified employees, positioned the university to withstand deeper cuts than the state imposed.
Perhaps more surprising was the reaction of student leaders on hearing the news. Before expressing joy, they wanted to be assured that a tuition freeze for the next school year would not mean a decrease in the quality of their education. They were assured by officials that there would be no reduction in quality.
UT Arlington officials have been keenly focused on building an outstanding institution of which North Texas and the entire state can be proud. That hard work is evident by the school's recent phenomenal growth -- of enrollment, educational programs and the campus complex.
This recent decision not to increase tuition, when a hike was expected, shows those officials also know who their primary constituents are: the students.
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