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Public colleges are expected to ask for a 6.2% increase next fiscal year and an 8.8% increase in the 2022 fiscal year.
Lawmakers convened Friday after being called into session by Gov. Matt Bevin to take up his pension proposal.
The Kentucky Senate has passed a bill that would let some public universities and other agencies leave the state's already struggling pension system, but would cost the system up to $1 billion.
The Council on Postsecondary Education approved campus diversity plans for the public four-year universities and the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System at its meeting Friday.
Kentucky's public colleges and universities want more money, but Republican lawmakers say the best they can hope for is to break even.
Kentucky's public universities are trying to recruit former students who left without a degree to come back and finish.
The average cost of a four-year degree in Kentucky will be more than $39,000 this fall after state regulators approved tuition increases at all but two of the state's public universities.
Kentucky's public universities would be competing against each other for more than basketball and football victories under legislation headed to Gov. Matt Bevin. They'll be vying for state funding.
Kentucky's public colleges and universities would have to compete with each other for shrinking state tax dollars under a bill that has cleared the state Senate.
The Kentucky Supreme Court will decide whether Republican Gov. Matt Bevin can cut the budgets of state colleges and universities.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has restored some state funding to public colleges and universities.
Hillary Clinton has jumped into the feud between Kentucky's Republican governor and Democratic attorney general over funding cuts to higher education.
Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo says the House will reject Gov. Matt Bevin's mid-year budget cuts to colleges and universities.
Gov. Matt Bevin says Kentucky university and community college presidents have agreed to admit National Guard members until the state can reimburse the schools for their tuition.
Colleges and universities nationwide are using education, enforcement and the campus environment to fight the intertwined problems of alcohol and sexual assault.