Is the whole "graduate in 4 years" over-emphasized? Many,
many students work full-time and go to school part-time. (With the employer
paying the tuition.) I see nothing wrong with this model. In fact, I suspect
they get a much better education when their learning has a very heavy experience
component to it.
I suspect that the UofU's low graduating rate is related to many students
leaving for two years to serve LDS missions. While in theory this should not
put them over 6 years, timing issues and some programs being in reality more
than 4-year programs do have effects.At my own alma mater, Wayne
State Univeristy, they wish their 10-year graduation rate was as high as UofU's
Nice move by the University to choose someone who already has a vested interest
in the University and is already part of the local community. Other state run
universities back east should learn a lot from this kind of wisdom I am sure
(including my own alma mater University of Illinois). I wish him and the
University a long and successful tenure as President.
I looked at the photos that accompany this article. There are no students.
Merry Christmas, U of U!
I attended a class he taught on heat transfer and I liked him. He was a good
teacher and he made the class fun. Best wishes to him.
"Pershing, 63, said that as president, he plans to make undergraduate
education a 'top priority.'"------------I hope he keeps his
word and that he's successful.The UofU had needed to place more
emphasis on their undergraduate courses for decades.
Congrats, Dr. Pershing.
I'm glad they went with the candidate that was already involved in the
institution. He seems like a very accomplished and driven man. I hope he helps
continue to launch Utah into a bright future. He has been at the U
since '77 and been in a leadership position for the last 14 years, has a
doctorate in Chemical Engineering (one of the hardest degrees you can obtain),
was the dean for the College of Engineering, has 5 patents, helped win $60
million in research grants, and I'm sure that's only some of his
accomplishments. I feel confident in his abilities and hope he helps the
University of Utah excel to the next level. Congratulations Dr. Pershing.
Congratulations on your appointment Dr. Pershing from your friends at the
Woodbury School of Business.
He resembles the old guy from Jurassic Park! That is a good omen!
Glad they chose the local guy.
I'll tell ya what, if his wisdom and administrative qualities even approximate
the girth of his beard, why, we're in for a great few years! Go Utes!