Students at two of the schools in Connecticut's state university system, Central and Western Connecticut state universities, are planning rallies for Monday and Wednesday to protest tuition hikes at their colleges.
The students also are planning the rallies to demand that the state increase the state university system's representation on Connecticut's Board of Regents for Higher Education, according to a report in the Hartford Courant.
The move comes as officials and professors at the four state universities, Eastern, Western, Southern and Central, have begun questioning whether the state is short-changing the university system and giving more money and attention to Connecticut's flagship university, the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
At a time when the state's budget is tight and he's searching for ways to balance spending in coming years, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has proposed investing $1.5 billion in "Next Generation Connecticut," a program that will increase enrollment, bring in new faculty, and improve the infrastructure at the University of Connecticut's six campuses, particularly at the flagship Storrs campus.
The state university system — 17 colleges and universities governed by the Board of Regents including Central, Eastern, Western and Southern — isn't seeing that same kind of investment. In fact, the system had to implement a hiring freeze and has proposed a tuition hike for next year.