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Wichita State students narrowly reject student fee increase

March 7, 2019

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Students at Wichita State University narrowly rejected a proposal to raise their own fees to fund improvements for academic facilities.

The university announced Wednesday that the $38.5 million referendum failed by 107 votes. The referendum drew the highest turnout ever for a Wichita State student vote or survey.

If approved, the revenue was expected to raise $20 million for a new W. Frank Barton School of Business.

The university statement said the next step is to find alternative state funding for a new business school, which is about 60 percent funded through donor gifts.

The Wichita Eagle reports the proposal would have raised the campus infrastructure fee for all students from $6 to $12 per credit hour for 20 years.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com