College presidents wary of Obama cost-control plan

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WASHINGTON (AP) ? Public university presidents facing ever-increasing state budget cuts are raising concerns about President Barack Obama’s plan to force colleges and universities to contain tuition prices or face losing federal dollars.

Illinois State University President Al Bowman says the reality is that deficits in many public schools can’t be easily overcome with simple modifications. Bowman says he’s happy to hear Obama call for state-level support of public universities but adds that, given the decreases in state aid, tying federal support to tuition is a product of “fuzzy math.”

Obama spelled out his proposal Friday at the University of Michigan.