“Utah was losing their community colleges; everyone wanted to grow up to
be a University of Utah,” says Bioteau. NOT BY A LONG SHOT does EVERYONE
want to be a University of Utah!!! Oh, please. @OHBU: exactly right.
Weber, UVU and Dixie still have two-year degrees AND can offer university
degrees. They have technical programs. Dixie has some courses that are only
offered on a few campuses in the nation. Everyone wins. Ms.
Bioteau is to be commended. Sounds like SLCC has truly lost a gem. Hope they
find someone just as wonderful to take her place.
Good grief, this is the fourth article about how SLCC is so great for not
becoming a University. Give it a rest. What these articles continue to
overlook is the fact that Weber, UVU, and Dixie are still mandated to fulfill
the role of community college--they are open enrollment and offer technical
degrees. But they also provide the four-year degrees unavailable to students in
those regions otherwise. Before becoming a University, there is a very limited
selection of majors for students. Take Saint George for example--they have an
extremely high rate of the population that only attained a two-year degree and
then quit. Wanting to stay local, many people do not head off to a different
University. With the increased admission standards at SUU, Dixie stepped up to
provide a complete educational opportunity for its students. SLCC is surrounded
by other universities, so there is no need to become one. UVU provides that
open-enrollment four-year opportunity for SLCC graduates. The issue is
geographical, not ideological.