As a recent college graduate I couldn't agree more with DeltaFoxtrot. It is very
discouraging to work hard to earn and pay for a degree and then get out and find
you don't make any more money. Tuition is skyrocketing and at the same time many
graduates are struggling to find a decent job.
Reading many of these comments reminds me why I got into higher education- the
need for critical thinking skills is sooooooo high it is almost scary- if
someone says it- it does not make it true but as Mark Twain said "A lie can
travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes."
The problem with higher education now is that there is too much of it and it is
too expensive.If you look at recent national statistics, only 33% of
graduates have been able to find a job in their field within 2 years... and
those jobs pay on average 25% less than they did 10 years ago. Meanwhile,
college tuition and fees have drastically increased because of easily accessible
college loans and federal subsidies.We've got a flood of new
graduates up to their ears in debt, and the majority of them are unable to find
that high paying job they were promised when they started school. So they end up
slaving away in some minimum wage position, wasting their education and talents
and only becoming further indebted. Welcome to the new American Lower Class.
Educated but underemployed.Expect the trend to continue unless the
government decides to quit playing partisan politics and actually do something
to bring high-tech jobs back to this nation.
After cutting my expenses as far as I could, I realized that part of my budget
problems was that I needed more income. Comments have been made that the flat
tax system was based on the principle of tithing. Whenever I see tithing in the
scriptures it is usually coupled with the word offerings. And are offerings
related to ability to pay? I remember hearing that those who have more should
pay more. So instead of taxing Bob Cratchits food maybe we should tax Scrooges
property and/or have a graduated income tax system. I love the following
parable: For what man among you having twelve sons, and is no respecter of them,
and they serve him obediently, and he saith unto the one: Be thou clothed in
robes and sit thou here; and to the other: Be thou clothed in rags and sit thou
thereand looketh upon his sons and saith I am just?
To Ms. Eagar- Economic data determines whether or not we are in a
depression and the data clearly says we are not. I have lived in a country
bordering one with Hyper-inflation, and again we are not experiencing that
situation. Yes, our TOTAL debt is near our income, but your
characterization would suggest that a person not buy a house of take on any debt
that exceeds their one year income. See any $50K houses out there? Maybe a car
payment? House mort ($125K) car payment 1 ($15K) car payment 2 ($8K) other debt
($4K) that equals $152K. I can guarantee that most people making $152K a year
have a house mort above $125K.Now I am only pointing this out since
I believe truth and accuracy is very important, and when suspect information is
clouded and presented to the public as fact then it should be addressed.This does not mean I disagreed with your statements. We need more
income (taxes) and to lower our debt (pay it down). Other than the info
presented at the beginning of your post as fact, I agree with your sentiment.
There are two issues which need to be addressed if we are going to reign in the
sky rocketing cost of higher education.1] Not everyone should go to
college. This is not Lake Wobegon. Half the population has an IQ under 100.
Academically rigorous institutions of higher learning might not be the best
option for these individuals. Yet our culture and social policy pushes everyone
towards college while sending the message that one is worth less if they don't
have a college degree. We need to de-stigmatize the other options. One can be
happy, financially secure, and a contributing member of society without a
college degree. 2] 60% of incoming freshman have to take a remedial
math, reading, or writing course. Why are out colleges expending precious
resources doing high schools job? It is flat out ridiculous that 60% of students
can graduate from high school without remedial skills. Colleges need to take a
hard line, if you can't read, write, or do math on a basic level you need to
either go to a community college or get tutored. Without addressing
these two concerns, college cost will continue to rise.
Howard Stephenson is STILL a dunderheaded fool who does not "get it."
It's a knowledge-, wisdom-, and information-based economy. We MUST invest in
the future or we are three kinds of fools! (But Stephenson has taken the
ultra-conservative position for three decades, so I can only laugh at him some
more.)The concern I have for a society that teaches, "The Glory
of God is intelligence" is that so many are buying in to not funding
education to the hilt (and have failed to realize the consequences for the past
three decades).Read, folks. Robert Reich called the problem in 1983
in The Next American Frontier.
To "neltz | 3:44 p.m. " where are you going, and what classes are you
taking? From what I have seen, except for labs or homework sessions, the
courses are typically taught by the professors. If you are being taught by an
adjunct, then that means you are being taught by somebody who probably works in
the field that they teach in, which is great, so why complain about that?
When I hear stories like this, I always wonder where the money goes. 80% of the
courses taught in our undergraduate programs here in the state are taught by
adjuncts (part timers) or graduate students who get paid VERY little. Can
someone educate me where all of this tuition and state aid is going?
Sponsored research is about 87% government funded (that means coming out of our
pockets). The real problem seems to be a status war among universities. Thus
there is no upper limit to how much is enough.
I love that the author refers to it as "Weber State College"...It
hasn't been called that in over 20 years.
Utah? Are we going to give up our universities on the alter of no tax cuts?
What good does it do us to have the best managed state if none of the fruit
filters down to the people?We could have a severance tax on minerals
mined in Utah. We could take energy solutions offer of a billion. The point is
we have options unlike states that are poorly managed. Utah is a land of
opportunity. We might loose this if we don't step outside the box.
NeilT wrote"How many professors just do research instead of teach? I
have always wondered why private business can't hire them instead. I am not
against research just want to see those who benefit the most pay for
it."Professors who only do research are supported by research
grants, not the same sources as the teaching faculty.Private
business could hire some researchers, but industry tends to focus on short-term
results and would not be interested in many forms of basic research that are
also critical.It's important to realize that *students* also benefit
from faculty research. Students receive valuable training when they participate
in research. This experience makes a huge difference when graduates apply for
jobs or for graduate school. Research experience is critical for undergraduate
students at *all* colleges and universities, not just at research universities.
Ok, the cost of getting a college education is going up, but lets look a why.According to the story "Happy Birthday to the University of
Utah" also in today's paper, the U of U has grown "From a handful of
students in 1850 to today's 30,000 plus students and its almost 17,000 academic
and administrative staff."So, there are 2 academic people and
administrative staff people for every student. I don't know about you, but that
seems really expensive to maintain. What do you need with so many people? Can
the number of administrative staff members be cut down?
There is more than one "business model" that some people say we need
to follow. One business model is the short-term bottom line model. That model
brought huge bonuses to executives who pushed unsustainable practices that
eventually led to bankruptcy. The other is more sensible, like investing in the
future--even if it requires temporary sacrifice. Like education. Don't kill
the goose that lays the golden egg.
Our nation is in a depression with hyper-inflation, devaluing of the dollar and
debt approaching an amount that not even 100% of our income could finance the
interest alone. If I were an elected official, what would the
economic choices be? The same as for our personal family's economic choices:
Cut services and spending across the board. Work harder to pay the
bills. It's a big "Ouch." But if we don't stabilize this
house of cards that our elected officials have built on the redistribution of
our hard-earned income and the banking and credit institutions and our addiction
to consumption beyond our means have nurtured, it is all going to come tumbling
down in a very nasty, messy heap.I hope we're all getting prepared
and know how we will respond. We need American leaders now. The American
Leadership Fund is prepared with the solutions. You can search it on the
When demand rises prices go up to reduce demand. Continue to raise the cost of
tuition until it is paid for entirely by the student. Demand should fall. Maybe
we should encourage the U to go private.
We often talk about the runaway costs of infrastructure and related investments
nowadays when dealing with the whole subject of public education costs (primary
and secondary). Does anyone know the overall burden on the state's education
budget as it relates to the cost the taxpayers shoulder to pay retired teachers
out there (pension and healthcare)? Does that account for a larger percentage of
the budget? Or is the major cost ongoing operations as it relates to facilities
and productive staff and administration? I'm not suggesting we deny
contractual (union) promises made to our retired teachers and staff, I'm just
curious about something that never seems to be discussed in any level of detail.
Who needs universities? We have talk radio.
Hellooo,Are we to understand that you are not a part of the movement back
from Democracy to Republic to Aristocracy to Kings or the original intent of our
16th Century founders of our Constitution?
@ DN Subscriber - UVU is not the one pushing for huge increases in enrollment,
it is being demanded of UVU by the Commissioner's office and the legislators you
and I elected to make such decisions. Indeed, Matt Holland, in his State of the
University address, said that UVU cannot meet that mission without the funding
and would, therefore have to renegotiate its mission It appears then that
"a bunch of bright PhD types 'd'd" figure out basic economics
issues". I am quite confident that the bright UVU PhDs are capable of
doing the easy thing, limiting enrollments by ceasing to be an open enrollment
institution. What that means is that only the applicants with good grades will
be admitted - second chances for those who did not do well in high school will
be curtailed.@ busted - what is the size of UVU's endowment? What
has it produced in terms of spendable revenues over the past few years? Where
does that money go? Now compare that with endowments for BYU, U of U, USU, and
so on. Within this context, I suspect your post would take on a different tenor.
I hope that Utah can find a better way of coping than the rest of the nation,
and that we can become one of the top states for Higher Education. I think that
in the long run, it will be worth the investment as the state will attract
bigger and better businesses because of the trained and educated people. Also,
if we can lead the nation in education, it will increase Utah's influence on the
rest of the country in many other areas.I hope that the Utah
legislature finds a way to continue to invest in higher ed and not cut too much
can someone please answer a question for me. how can a university with an
endowment fund the size of uvu's plead poverty?
If UVU is planning on an expansion they cannot afford without huge increases in
funding by the taxpayers, then they need to change their plan.I
could plan to buy a huge mansion, a dozen fancy cars and jewelry for the spouse.
But, if my income does not match the planned expenditures, then I must change
the plan to reduce spending or find a better job or a second job to be able to
afford my planned purchases.You would think that a bunch of bright
PhD types would figure out basic economics issues like that.Just
demanding more money from taxpayers is a non-starter. Especially when higher ed
has been raising their prices (tuition) every year for decades at higher rates
than inflation. What have they done with all that money? Or, do they have the
"entitlement" disease so prevalent in our country today?
@ Esquire, you have to include the donors on this conversation. University
endowments are not one large lump of cash, but rather a million little pigeon
holes, that are bound by the donor's wishes. The money might be given to
Department X to support Activity Y, and the university's hands are tied and they
can't give it to Student Z.
This is a drag for students and families of students trying to get through
college. That being said, the cost to benefit ratio for higher education in
Utah for residents is pretty remarkable, particulary at the University of Utah,
which consistently rates in the top 100 schools in the nation. Tuition has gone
up significantly over the years, but it still one of the best deals in the
country. Weber also has a few departments that rank very highly, and Utah State
is one of the premier schools in the country for agricultural and husbandry
education. None of those schools are Harvard, of course, but for a fraction of
Harvard's cost they provide a quality education that's pretty well respected,
out west at least.In the interest of disclosure, my perspective is
greatly colored by my long, not neccessarily pleasant affilitation with the UC
system. Like many things Californian, their unsustainable business model is
falling apart and they're trying to keep it together with the pocketbooks of
students and faculty.
You can not continue to use a 16th century education delivery model designed as
a guild to withhold product and increase revenues and meet the need for
education in 21st century Utah. Higher Ed. must change its vision and model of
deliver. The state should require efficiency increases of 5 to 10 percent each
year for the next 10 years in each institution or budget cuts to encourage the
@ Allan - the growth is certainly an issue for UVU. It is not a matter of being
a university per se but the fact that demographics along with becoming a
university have added huge enrollment numbers. These same students would have
been looking for spots at the U, USU, Weber State, and maybe even SUU has UVU
not picked up the slack. So, while UVU was taking in larger numbers of new and
continuing students than the other universities in the system, state funding was
not keeping up with that growth resulting in part of the percentage
differentials. The remainder is largely due to the fact that faculty and
administrators at UVU have been hired in largely at pre-university salary
levels. A comparison with Weber State, the most similar university in the
system, would show a wage gap of 10 to 20 percent in most cases. That number
would increase significantly were the comparison to be with the U or USU, more
research oriented institutions.As to the MBA, with 41 students in
the initial class and paying graduate tuition, this is basically self-funded.
Hey its me. You are talking about students brought here as children by their
parents. They have lived here most of their life, and attended school here.
Please explain what law they broke? And how many are we talking about? I
suspect not enough to have a much of an impact on funding. I Knew someone would
find a way to sneak immigration into this discussion.
Every major University provides their president a generous salary and a nice
home to live at taxpayers expense. I have seen the residence provided to the U
of U president. Definetely high end. How many professors just do research
instead of teach? I have always wondered why private business can't hire them
instead. I am not against research just want to see those who benefit the most
pay for it.Waiting for someone to put a post on here blaming it all
on illegal immigration.
When I was in college in 2008 they were installing a million dollar clock tower.
Can someone explain how this clock tower added value to my education? To
continue my attitude of entitlement? Go look at how tuition has risen over the
years. It does not match inflation; it does not match the rate of pay raises. In
recent years the federal government made low interest student loans very
accessible. Colleges saw how much money these students could get access to and
they wanted more (classical greed). These colleges justified it by installing
computer labs, having plush couches, fancy landscaping, installing statues, and
best for last.. Clock towers! I cant argue with computer labs, but how do those
other things add to my education? The whole time they had the excess money,
teachers werent getting pay raises. So now when they try and cut teaches pay
because of bad economic times, its not fair because they got none of the spoils
during the good times. All above references are about college I went to, so I am
not saying this typical at the state level, but it is what happened at my
My daughter moved to Utah just out of high school. She got a job and attended
UVU. My husband and I couldn't afford to pay for her college, so she applied
for financial aid (Student Loan) which she unlike many other is paying back. My
point is she was charged out of state tuition even though she was a working tax
payer who was a leagal citizen of the United States. It was hard for her to come
up with the money but she did it. We need to quit giving free education to
people who break the law. That would help the governement and the schools. I
have no problem with anyone who wants to come to America and do it legally but
when you are given my tax dollars as an illegal to go to school but my daughter
had to work really hard to put herself through school there is something wrong
with the picture.
Just a few years ago, UVU became a university when it added an MBA program to
its curriculum. Is that change a source of at least some of its financial
problems - too much growth too quickly?
Utahns need to elect more retired people who are looking out for their
grandchildren rather than real estate salespeople and network marketers who hate
all taxes and look out for their own interests only.
At the time I attended the University of Utah, in the 1980s, tuition increases
exceeded the rate of inflation every year. The University's explaination was
that in the 1970s they had not increased tuition to match the rate of inflation
and now needed to catch up. Here we are 20+ years later, tuition has outpaced
inflation every year, now the explaination is state funding cuts. I begin to
doubt the various explainations for the continual increases.
In the current debate over higher education cuts, it would seem appropriate to
look at which universities receive the highest percentage of funding from the
State and why. When the range is from 45% for UVU to 79% for an unnamed
university, I think I know where I would begin to look for efficiencies.
There are a couple of things things that should be put on the table. First,
university endowment funds are getting irrationally high and universities seem
to be in a competition with one another to see who can build the biggest one.
This may not be much of an issue with UVSU, but around the country it is huge.
At some universities, there is enough money to give each student a free
education and still have revenue in the black. The money in these endowments
should be used for educational purposes, not to enrich Wall Street and build ego
of the schools. Perhaps a tax scheme should be devised for the bloated
endowments. Use the money for educational purposes or face a very high tax for
the privilege. These are supposed to be non-profit organizations. Second, like
any family who is short on money and has cut the household budget to the bone,
perhaps it is time to raise some money, meaning taxes.
Fund UVU, pull money from the u to support UVU.