Troy University Dothan Attends Higher Education Rally

By: Erica Proffer Email
By: Erica Proffer Email

While Alabama is facing a shortfall of over $5-million dollars, the Higher Education Partnership is calling for fairness in those budget cuts.

Some local university students took to the capitol steps in a Higher Education Rally.

They are taking their enthusiasm from Dothan to Montgomery in the annual Higher Education Rally.

"We're very excited about going," says one group of TROY students.

Around 20 students from the Dothan campus joined thousands of other Higher Education students at the capital steps in Montgomery to let their voices be heard.

"It's critical that they become a part of the process; to understand their voice needs to be heard. We're looking at our equity issue, where a student at Troy University is funding at the same level as all other students at the State of Alabama. We're not asking for more; we're asking to be treated equal," says Vice Chancellor Don Jeffery, at Troy Dothan.

Right now, the state is facing a shortfall of over $5-million in education revenue.

While Troy University is the lowest priced four year university in the state of Alabama, leaders say it's important to be treated fairly in order to keep prices down.

"We are very interested in the 2/3- 1/3 split where the higher education needs to get 1/3. That's been a 'gentlemen's agreement,' if you will. We haven't been able to get to that 1/3 across that State of Alabama," says Jeffery.

Right now, it's still too early to determine if there will be a tuition increase for next year's college students.

Colleges and universities are expecting a 13 percent cut. The state's two-year colleges would get about 9.1 percent less money under Riley's proposal.

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