University of Puerto Rico students declare victory

June 20, 2010

Students and administrators at the University of Puerto Rico have reached a deal that will end a two-month-long strike that shut down 10 of the system's 11 campuses. With the assistance of a court-appointed mediator, student activists agreed to end the strike in exchange for a number of concessions, most notably the agreement by the university's Board of Regents to cancel a fee that would have doubled the cost to attend the university. Nearly 65,000 students have been out of classes since April 21. There is no assurance that tuition fees will not increase next year, and planned cuts to faculty salaries may set off more conflict later this year.  University World News  |  New York Times  |  The Chronicle of Higher Ed