Students at two of the schools in Connecticut's state university system, Central and Western Connecticut state universities, are rallying to protest tuition hikes at their colleges.
The students also are planning the rallies - CCSU held their rally Monday while WCSU will hold a rally on Wednesday - 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.
Let Patch save you time. Get stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone every day with our free newsletter. Simple, fast sign-up here.
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.
The students rallied Monday at Central Connecticut State University and a second is scheduled at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Western Connecticut State University.
Make sure to like Cheshire Patch on Facebook and follow on Twitter for breaking news, daily updates and more!