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Published: Friday, March 25 2011 2:30 p.m. MDT

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DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

The Regents inability, or unwillingness, to make the tough decisions and to force higher education to live within their means is typical of the political policies destroying our country.

Too few people are willing to examine any government program and eliminate it and end the funding if the program is (a) not working; (b) duplicative of other programs; (c) non-essential or (d) not cost effective.

Government, and especially our left leaning higher education system must learn quit spending other people's money on worthless, marginal or unnecessary programs.

No privately run service business could possibly justify a 7 to 11 percent hike in prices in this economy, but the Regents did it in a heartbeat.

And, how have college costs increased in the last 10 or 20 years compared to anything else? We all know the answer to that- they have consistently been higher than inflation, so higher education is already charging vastly more than is justifiable.

Time to replace the Regents with some who understand Economics 101.

ER in EUR
Belgrade, Serbia

The average tuition cost at a US University is $26,273. Generally a school that costs less than $5000/semester is considered a bargain. The UofU is $5646 FOR THE YEAR! A semester cost of $2823 is approximately half of what is called a bargain.

What do you get in Utah? Utah State is a great engineering/ag school. The U is counted as a top 30 University in the US and top 100 in the world. (At bargain basement/2) Weber has a great nursing program and computer science. SUU is surging in popularity and different degrees. UVU is exploding in student size and academic programs. I've heard SLCC is one of the biggest CCs in the US. I am not saying size is the most important, I am only pointing out the growth in Utah schools is immense and attendant costs must also be going up to meet the needs.

State enrollment increased by 9.5% in 2010. More students = more buildings, desks, professors, ad nauseum. Utah is the US's third most efficiently ran system. The US is a great place to go to university and we are 3rd BEST!!!!

ER in EUR
Belgrade, Serbia

I think the Regents grasp of Econ 101 is just fine as I showed above.

This is just the kind of suggesting of cutting funding that is ill advised and suggested in a vacuum of data.

DO WE NEED TO LIVE IN OUR MEANS? YES!! Resoundingly so!

However I do not agree with the Tea Partier's desire to slash and burn everything they do a quick look at and say is ran poorly or un-needed. The size that the US has grown to and costs of replaceing things that get cut may mean they will not get replaced.

In effect we will be eating our young.

Isn't that what the people who say our masssive debt is going to our our grandchildren's lives? Cutting education, grants increasing culture and even diplomatic readiness also make the lives of our g-children much less than what we have.

You can either save more/spend less or earn more. We can spend less, just do it prudently. But even more important we need to raise taxes. All these things people benifit from are good, and need to be paid for. Taxes on rich and middle need to go up.

Ricardo Carvalho
Provo, UT

Higher education in the State of Utah took a 2.5% cut this year from the State Legislature. Additionally, schools like UVU have experienced significant growth, somewhere in the 10% range each year over the past 3 or 4 years. Those additional students require additional professors. As a result, class sizes are up, the use of low paid adjunct professors is up, and the use of distance education is up. Further, educators have, like most of the society, worked without a pay raise over that same period of time and taken a cut in benefits as well. Without additional tax monies, supporting growth is occurring by doing more with less and by tuition increases. For those who are critical, please be more specific in identifying where you would additional cuts so as well as your evidence that higher education in the State of Utah is "(a) not working; (b) duplicative of other programs; (c) non-essential or (d) not cost effective."

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Increasingly, society is turning its back on higher education. Starting with President Lincoln, America recognized the importance of educating the masses for economic growth and Congress established land-grant universities to provide education to rural communities. By WWII, the GI Bill provided educations to America's war veterans, establishing the most educated middle class on earth with the highest standard of living.

By the Reagan era, however, America started to turn its back on all that progress, and so we're moving back toward the early 19th century model where only the wealthy could afford an education.

But universities are more than just education. They are the economic engines that drive their state economies, from educating workers to scientific/technological developments and entrepreneurial ventures that create businesses and economic progress.

Other nations, such as China and India see the value in public education, and increasingly, their investments into their universities and populations will result in those nations taking away America's economic leadership.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

What's also sad is that the folks who are cutting higher ed and raising tuitions on today's students are largely from the generation who benefitted from inexpensive educations in the 1970s and 80s (or earlier)... They wouldn't be policymakers or regents had they NOT gotten their educations, subsidized by America's taxpayers in the first place.

mohokat
Ogden, UT

Charge the citizen more but charge the illegals less. Makes sense to me!

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

If enrollment has increased 10%, then tuition and fee income has risen 10% which should cover the added costs.

No one said education was not important, but I will say that a lot of what is sold as education is unimportant. Do we really need worthless (in my opinion) courses like gender studies, African literature, feminist theory, modern dance, etc? Let athletics be self supporting, or cut them (or divide football and basketball revenues to support the less popular stuff, if you want to keep it.

We already have a glut of lawyers who add costs not value to our society, but a shortage of medical professionals. Cut law school enrollment and expenditures by 50-75% and bump up the medical fields instead.

End the discriminatory practice of giving illegals (even those who have been illegal for a long time) any sort of tuition breaks. Alternatively, limit the number of seats for non-Utah residents.

Dump tenured professors who are not teaching at least some courses.

Fire half the "administrators" and lawyers before laying off actual teaching faculty.

Costs can be cut, instead of raising tuition (again!) if the Regents have the guts to do it.

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