I graduated from BYU-Idaho last spring, right as many new University-approved
apartment complexes were being built (by private companies, not the school) for
single students.(Apartments have to be University-approved in order for single
BYU-I students to live there. Unlike in Provo, part of the approval process is
that only BYU-Idaho students can live there.I wonder how these complexes
will be affected as more people return from missions at a younger age and
getting married younger. I can see the percentage of married students at all
Church-owned universities to increase, and the percentage of single students to
*EVERY* university and college in Utah --including WSU, Snow, Dixie, UVU, etc.--
plus BYU-Idaho, BYU-Hawaii, etc., will be equally impacted!So, since
they're ALL in the same dilemma, it's VERY disappointing that the
headline in-particular is so exclusionary.... only crediting three schools. 8(
U of U and USU are public universities. I would be very, very dissappointed if
money or resources were spent on this mormon issue. This is not even an issue.
If a mormon decides not to go to school it opend the door for an equally
qualfies Buddhist, Catholic or the whole range of religions to take there
place... Mormons are becoming a minority and this whole thing looks silly.
mightymite,Like it or not, a large percentage of students at the above
mentioned schools are members of the LDS Church. This 'mormon issue'
will affect them. They would be foolish not to plan for it. You're
basically saying they should not be able to use public funds on something that
could, if not planned for, cause a lot of public funds to be wasting. I wonder
if maybe you had a gut separation-of-church-and-state reaction without really
considering the impact this issue will have on the universities.No public
funds are being used to promote the Mormon faith.No public funds are being
used to marginalize anyone.The Church is not trying to influence the use
of state funds.There is no violation of Church-State separation going on
here.Funds are, however, being used to make sure the universities continue
to operate efficiently in the face of what will end up being a major demographic
shift in their student body. More students in the future will be married. The
schools will see a near-term drop in enrollment followed by a spike in the
future. They need to plan for it.
Look, the church not going to suddenly call thousands of more missionaries, all
at once; they don't have the facilities to handle that kind of a deluge.
Kids can make the decision to go now, or go early, that doesn't mean they
will get their call right away, or that they will leave right away. The church
will spread this out for a year or two until it all evens out anyway and will,
in the end, not make a significant difference. And just because the age is
lowered, doesn't mean more boys will go, although it might mean more girls;
but I'll be surprised if the number of women who leave on missions will
change dramatically. This is much ado about nothing.
dumprake - The LDS church has been quite clear that it is, in fact, their
intention to "suddenly call thousands of more missionaries, all at
once." Several contigencies and strategies have already been revealed to
accomodate the surge: they include increasing MTC staff and reducing the amount
of time spent at MTCs by 1/3. A new post MTC training program has also been
established. I know that it will normalize in two years; however, I
would be interested to see the dynamics of the primarily female freshman class
Fall semester 2013 at BYU. Also interested to see how significantly the
enterance standards will need to be reduced to account for the reduction in
applicants for that semester.