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Audit: Unreliable data used for tuition hikes

3 years 11 months 1 week ago June 10, 2013 Jun 10, 2013 Monday, June 10 2013 June 10, 2013 4:30 PM in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE - A new audit says 79 percent of community and technical colleges using a program that lets them raise student tuition didn't provide reliable data to gain that permission.

The review by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office was released Monday. It echoed findings from a year earlier, which found flaws in data submitted by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

The data is used to determine if the schools are meeting performance improvements needed to increase tuition under a 2010 law called the GRAD Act.

Purpera's office says 11 of 14 community and technical colleges used unreliable student data to get permission to raise tuition.

Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Joe May said the schools had problems shifting to a new software system and was correcting the errors.

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