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Kate Brown Calls for Lower Tuition

SALEM, Ore. — The Secretary of State wants college tuition to drop, but hasn’t provided a game plan to get that done.

Kate Brown is calling for accountability among public universities in Oregon. Her office released an audit of the state’s university system.

The Secretary of State’s office says tuition has increased faster than inflation and the state has spent less on higher education since 2001.

Kate Brown’s office also reports student debt among students at public universities in Oregon is 9 percent higher than the national average.

While calling for changes in tuition rates and other areas, the Secretary of States’ office didn’t make any recommendation on how to do that.