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Mormon mission age change could mean big tuition revenue losses

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22 2013 5:00 p.m. MST

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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Of course in two years those students are going to start returning and then enrollments will spike again. I wouldn't do anything drastic for an expected temporary dip.

Beaver Native
Garland, UT

It's a good chance to consider implementing some type of high school outreach program. Some form of hiring freeze makes a lot of sense, but I'd hate to lose good people because of a temporary drop in enrollment.

Barb Wire
USA, UT

It has more to do with the rising tuition costs than younger missionaries. Paying $3-5,000 per semester for higher education eliminates alot of high school kids because parents are opting not to co-sign on student loans these days. Especially since there is a chance that the parents will be stuck with paying the loan back and the students are not guaranteed employment with a degree. Maybe $400 a month to finance a mission for 2 years is a better deal for the parents at this stage.

runnerguy50
Virginia Beach, Va

I think parents are getting smarter and realize not every kid should go to college. A good votech program that guarntees a job is much better then college for many kids.

raybies
Layton, UT

I know there's a Utah State University, but "Utah State University Eastern?"

C'mon guys... admit it. You made up that univeristy, right? :)

dave31
Salt Lake City, UT

This is just the "dropping of the first shoe." Every year higher education approaches the Legislature complaining of inadequate funding due to increasing enrollments.This year the approach will be inadequate funding due to decreasing enrollments. I can't wait to hear the approach as the "second shoe" drops.

ruraljohnboy
Duchesne, UT

USU Eastern was formerly CEU. Don't you read the news, Raybies?

coltakashi
Richland, WA

Half of all freshmen drop out of college by their sophomore year. The people who serve missions are gping to come home with better work habits and a stronger sense of what they want to do with their lives. Fewer of them will enroll in college, but those who do will be more successful and likely to graduate, so overall graduation rates should stay about the same, and colleges will just lose a lot of the less committed freshman students. The average age of students will rise, the percentage who are married before graduation will rise, and there will be more who come in with substantial foreign language skills who will want to advance their skills. Fewer will go to smaller colleges and more will go to more serious programs at universities, and eventually to grad school. And more will be willing to go out of state, and more will go to BYU, which makes admission easier for returned missionaries. More serious students also means more joining ROTC or the National Guard and Reserves, since there will not be a conflict between military service and missions.

statman
Lehi, UT

U of U won't be hit as hard as they are predicting - they will just admit more students that normally would have been rejected. It's the next step down academically (SLCC) and the more expensive alternative that keeps you in SLC (Westminster) that will take the bigger hit. Southern Utah, USU, Dixie, Snow, wtc will all be harder hit than UofU as well...

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Since there isn't going to be a 9-story MTC in Provo, maybe this dorm could be used as an MTC.

Swiss
Price, Utah

Otherwise the economy is fine in Price.

Harley Rider
Small Town, CT

Well our Government (Although Totally Broke) is getting ready to implement a Free Tuition Plan (up to 100K) for the children of illegals. Course the Taxpayers will have to pony up the funds.

Also they will continue their spreading the wealth in providing Foreign Aid to the entire world, including China -

So many parents and their children up to their eye balls in school debt and the college educated graduates can't find or buy a job in the field they went to school for. But they better find a way to keep paying as jail is now an option for non-payment of school loans

Tilka
PORTLAND, OR

If the board of regents has any sense they would have shuttered the school several years ago. Think about it - a college in Price Utah? The only kids who go there now are those playing sports and locals.

Adison
cache, UT

No one is asking the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints(LDS) to pay money for reduced enrollment. I find it funny that a lot of comments seem to be defending the LDS church for its decision to send missionaries at a younger age. Some even talking about how somehow it will benefit the society and universities in the long run. What this brings up is simply an interesting issue not entirely unique to Utah and the surrounding region. When a dominant faith that has members equaling to possibly half the population of a region changes policies it will have some effect and not always a positive one. If the Word of Wisdom (LDS commandments on health, cant drink Coffee tea Alcohol...) was dropped from being a requirement Liquor laws in Utah may become more lenient. This is simply looking at the effects an organization can have on a community positive or negative. I like the change it allows for those who choose to go on missions to get rid of that post high school, pre-mission year where you don't always know what to do with yourself. It will effect Universities Possibly for the worse.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@Barb Wire
"Maybe $400 a month to finance a mission for 2 years is a better deal for the parents at this stage."

Not really, at least not if they come back and then go to college anyway.

JD Books
Sulphurdale, UT

Each institution is going to have to cut personnel and a lot of hardworking people are going to be out on the street. The church should donate the deficit amount to each school, since it was their decision that will directly lead to people losing their jobs.

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