(Minneapolis, MN) -- University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler is defending his proposal to increase undergraduate tuition.

Some members of the Board of Regents oppose the hikes and are set vote next Wednesday. Kaler argues raising tuition two-and-a-half percent on the Twin Cities campus and one-and-a-half percent at UMD, Crookston, Morris and Rochester is part of "a responsible budget that balances the need for investments and compensation increases with the cost incurred by our students." Some say tuition hikes should remain below the rate of inflation. The legislature requested the U. of M. hold any tuition increase to three-percent maximum.