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Resolution to Stabilize Student Tuition


While we fully support the 10\% tuition increase to offset state budget cuts and increasing costs, we feel that, giventhe current fiscal situation, it would be imprudent to begin construction on a $25,000,000.00 building that will increase the indebtedness of a student body who came to UHLC under the pretense of low tuition. We ask the building project be postponed until our current financial difficulties are resolved and we ask that the burden of the construction costs be implemented gradually and not through precipitous increases in student tuition. To this end, we further ask that future tuition increases be capped at 10\% annually for currently enrolled students.

Like most other top-tier law schools, building construction should be financed through alumni giving.

As signatories to this resolution we are:

Expressing its satisfaction of Dean Nimmers past leadership and future goal for making the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC) a US News and World Report Top 30 institution,

Emphasizing the students and alumnis desire to have excellent learning facilities that increase the quality of legal education,

Fully aware of the current state of the American job market and the decrease in legal employment opportunities,

Noting that UHLC full-time in-state tuition rose 32\% from the 2006-2007 school year to the 2008-2009 school year,

Further noting President Obamas call in the 2010 State of the Union Address for universities to take responsibility for the rising cost of tuition,

Recognizing the ever important psychological perception of an institutions US News ranking,

Guided by pride in our university and our sense of personal responsibility,


1. Declare that enrolled students tuition not rise more than 10\% annually and disapprove of a current raise in tuition that will in any way fund a new building or renovation not completed before the beginning of the 2012 Spring semester;

2. Further invites the construction of a new law building, but not at a time when UHLC must raise tuition to offset state and university funding cuts;

3. Emphasizes the need for a more ambitious alumni-giving campaign with a participation rate exceeding 40\% of living alumni in order to fund future building projects.

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