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UB future plans at mercy of State Assembly

By Chris Jamele

Buffalo, NY – Efforts by the University at Buffalo to create some division between itself and state control could be stalled by the State Assembly.

UB is pushing an initiative that would allow the university to establish its own tuition rates as well as to establish partnerships with private businesses. The plan is backed by the governor, the Senate and many Democrats, but detractors in the Assembly feel the plan would make UB an expensive and exclusive school. Supporters contend the school will remain a bargain with increased opportunities developed through public-private relationships.

The plan is subject to the ongoing state budget negotiations.