Emails, Kelly Carper Polden, assistant director of communications, Office of External Relations, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Jan. 22, 2015

2:26 p.m.

From fall 2003 through fall 2014, the statewide average total academic charges for a student taking 15 SCHs at a public university has increased by 112 percent.

Kelly Carper Polden

Assistant Director of Communications

Office of External Relations

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin) [mailto:wgselby@statesman.com]

Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 2:29 PM

To: Polden, Kelly Carper

Subject: RE: Following up for fact check

 

Can you provide the raw figures that generated that percentage – as in the fall 2003 figure and the fall 2014 figure? If I have those, I can run an inflation adjustment.

 

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2:47 p.m.

Total tuition and Fees – Statewide Average at Public Universities

Fall 2003               Fall 2014               Change                 Percent Change

$1,934                   $4,091                   $2,210                   112%

 

The accountability team is working on the full report that goes through the review process before being made public.

From: Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin) [mailto:wgselby@statesman.com]

Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 2:55 PM

To: Polden, Kelly Carper

Subject: RE: Following up for fact check

 

Thanks! Adjusting for inflation using this BLS web page, it looks to me like total tuition and fees for the 15 hours escalated 64 percent through fall 2014. Anything seem off about that?

4:14 p.m.

I asked the accountability team to check this. Here is the response: Yes, we concur with his number of 64% with inflation.