To the Editor:
Bruce Benson’s defense of the administrative raises coming in the wake of tuition increases reveals again that while his dedication to the University is real, one has to question his commitment to students and faculty (essentially those on the bottom of the food chain) and to the people of Colorado. At the heart of the problem of education funding is that we seem to be losing the concept of education being a societal as much as an individual value. Public education has been under attack for political gain here for decades, to the point that support for public funding seems less each election cycle. For Benson’s administration and the Regents not to enthusiastically support Rollie Heath’s Prop 103 and then propose a 15% in-state tuition increase shows that their vision of CU being an “elite” university is one dependent upon corporate and private endowment and high tuition rates largely exclusive of the hoi polloi of Colorado. This is a highly questionable vision.