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Studentsexpress concerns

Jan. 23, 1997

By Dax Schymick

Larait Reporter

University President Robert B. Sloan Jr. fielded questions ranging from tuition rates to increased class sizes during Chapel-Forum Wednesday in Waco Hall.

Sloan answered a variety topics including the status of the Student Life Complex.

The University has raised $5 million of the $20 million needed to build the complex, Sloan said.

Sloan discussed the possible sale or consolidation of the Baylor Health Care System in Dallas. The regents discussed the possible merger or sale at its January meeting.

'But most importantly,' Sloan said, 'we must make sure that Baylor's spiritual healing values are being perpetuated' if the facility is merged or sold.

Ganesha Martin, a Dallas freshman, questioned Sloan about the reason classes were held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

'He used his gifts for creating opportunity through change, and the central focal point of change, through Martin Luther King, is education,' Sloan said, adding that the campus commemorated King's legacy with several activities.

Students cheered when a student asked Sloan about current and rising tuition rates.

Despite the increased costs, 'Baylor University is still one of the best buys in America,' Sloan said. 'In 1995 U.S. News and World Report ranked Baylor University as the 22nd in best in academic values and 1996 (we were) 23rd. We are the No. 2 private school on the list.'

As an alternative to rising costs, he also mentioned the guaranteed tuituion program, which freezes the tuition rate at the time the student enters classes.

The University has increased enrollment 250 students per year, and some students expressed concern that increasing standards will lower the Scholastic Aptitude Test scores average for the university. The SAT scores have not significantly changed in the past 10 years, according to Dr. Stan Madden, vice president for university marketing.

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