DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The University of Minnesota Duluth received about 20 percent less in state funding than the Twin Cities campus did over the past four years, prompting calls from school officials and a lawmaker to reverse the trend.
The amount of unrestricted state money that UMD received from 2009 to 2013 fell 42 percent, from about $48 million to $28 million. During the same period, the Twin Cities campus saw its share drop 23 percent, the Duluth News Tribune reported (http://bit.ly/LZEE3b ).
Part of the reason is that Duluth increased its tuition during that period to help the University of Minnesota handle its limited resources, UMD Chancellor Lendley Black said. That led to less state help.
There are other reasons for the disparity. The Twin Cities campus produces more research, but since that isn't supported by tuition, it creates a need for greater state funding.
Black said he hoped to see state funding for the campuses even out in the future. He has an ally in Democratic state Rep. Mary Murphy, who said the state needs to make sure Duluth gets a bigger share of the money.
Michael Pfau, the president of the University Education Association and a UMD communications professor, said he was concerned that UMD was taking a harder funding hit than the Twin Cities campus was.
"At the very least, we should have equal percentage declines," he said. "We declined almost twice as fast."
Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthnewstribune.com