SOUTH KINGSTOWN—Republican Governor Donald Carcieri grinned like an overfed cat as Vice President of Administration Robert Weygand told an audience at a topping out ceremony that URI’s Pharmaceutical Building was “on time and on budget.” Rhode Island recently approved (by 62 percent) a ballot measure for $65 million in state bonds on for the new 148,000 square foot building.
URI is seeking 10 to $15 million more in private money to furnish and equip the building with technology and the new Pharmacy Future Fund is seeking $100 million additional dollars to recruit and retain faculty for the program. Tuition, administrators seem to believe, needs to keep up with the development of campus credentials. In 2009, annual tuition and fees for full-time, in-state students were increased at URI by 9.9 percent to $10,476. The university is now requesting an additional 8.5 percent increase on in-state tuition and a 1.5 percent in out-of-state tuition. URI faces a $22.2 million budget deficit.
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