The recent op-ed written by William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, is similar to Chicken Little declaring that the sky is falling ("Doomsday for Md. higher education," April 24). Mr. Kirwan states that "under the doomsday budget, the USM would be cut nearly $50 million" and would "dictate a double-digit increase for in-state undergraduate tuition, an increase significantly higher than the 3 percent included in the governor's budget proposal."
However, based on information found on the USM's own website (www.usmd.edu) the combined budget for the 11 universities and one research facility within the USM system is currently in excess of $4.5 billion, serving approximately 155,900 students. Using these numbers, the $50 million cut translates into a cut of approximately $321 per student or 1.1 percent. So where does Mr. Kirwan come up with the double-digit increase?