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Published: Monday, March 24 2014 5:19 p.m. MDT

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

Well, proposing the smallest hike in ten years at only 4% is certainly good news. But, the rate of inflation in the last year was 1.1%, so students and their parents are being gouged at FOUR TIMES the rate of inflation!

More importantly, the Regents and higher education ringleaders need to be called upon to explain why college costs have been raised far above the rate of inflation every year for not only the last ten years, but long before that.

If anything, costs for 2015 should be capped at present levels and the regents should be required to justify why costs should not be CUT by 10% per year for the next 10 years.

Yes, this will force them to cut back on a lot of the extravagant perks the education bureaucrats have become accustomed to, and to eliminate silly fluff courses that serve no valid purpose, and maybe even cut sports scholarships and other handout programs.

The fleecing of students and their parents by educators is one of the most under scrutinized scandals of the last 50 years. Start digging!

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Stop the madness. Wages are basically frozen. Higher education is becoming a scam. Stop the madness...

JoeBlow
Far East USA, SC

"If approved, the proposed tuition increases would represent the smallest average percentage hike for tuition in more than a decade."

This is insane. How about we tell our schools to make due. 4% is the smallest increase in 10 years?

So, the cost of education has gone up over 50% ?

How many businesses could survive with the university model?

Open Minded Mormon
Everett, 00

Fine by me,
But FIRST the State needs raise the minimum wage for those going to College to at least $10 an hour...

You know, keep up with inflation...etc.

Utah Dem
Ogden, UT

According to the legislative fiscal analyst website our state higher education institutions have had increases every single year since 1999. Prior to that there were increases every year for 15 years except the 1996-97 school year. Even during the recession, which many of us are still in, they had tuition increases while everyone else was cutting not USHE.
Are the professors full-time employees? I know they get paid as if they are, but do they truly put in a 40 hour work week? I know adjuncts have taken cuts.

Mark l
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

The solution to bring education budgets in line is for government to stop paying for,higher education. When market forces are allowed to work, prices will have to come down.

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

Maybe its' time to have the board of regents, or better yet, University Presidents be elected?

Its' become beyond ridiculous to keep throwing money at these institutions.

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

Not to date myself - but...

My 1st quarter up at the "U" = $258
minimum wage was $3.25 / hour.

My son is now a Senior at the "U" = $6,708
minimum wage is $7.50 / hour.

Unless math has changed over the last 30 years,

Wages have only doubled,
while Tuition has increased by 26 times.

If inflation was the only factor casuiong this, then -

Gas would be over $13 a gallon,
a gallon of milk would be $26,
a new car would be $130,000
A new house be $20,000,000
and a starting wage out of college would be = $800,000 a year.

Somebody is lying?!
and math and facts can't lie.

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