BISMARCK, ND – NDSU President Dean Bresciani is in Bismarck today to present an explanation of the 8.8% tuition rate increase to the legislative interim Higher Education Committee.
Bresciani flew into town on the NDUS private plane, which arrived at 8:00am for the meeting, which is scheduled to go from 8:30am-4:00pm.
Over the past 90 days, Bresciani has authorized 25 flights all within North Dakota, mostly between Fargo-Bismarck and Fargo-Dickinson. Earlier estimates of operation costs for the plane were around $1400, but with the spike in gas prices this year, those could easily run higher.
At a rate of $1600/hour, the cost of those 25 flights falls between $40,000 – $60,000 on the conservative side, the equivalent of the annual salary for one campus employee.
At the State Board of Higher Education’s meeting in early May, Bresciani argued that the university was operating on a bare bones budget and had literally cut every non-essential expense. Despite those cuts, Bresciani stated that the university still needed to increase tuition or face existing program cuts.