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Published: Saturday, March 29 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Kaladin
Greeley, CO

Across the country tuition continues to go up even as earning goes down. The pursuit of continued education is a noble one - I have advanced degrees myself - but the cost is often prohibitive as earning power is often not able to make up for the cost of education.

southmtnman
Provo, UT

Kaladin,

I disagree. Earning power may have flattened, but it has not dropped so drastically as you suggest. And education is always a great investment, with financial considerations (ROI) being only one small part of what justifies higher education. Being an educated person, living among educated people, in an educated society is priceless.

shadowzkillerz
Davis, UT

Well, ASU online is looking more enticing. They even have an online Electrical Engineering program.

Theeng2
Holladay, UT

"Gov. Gary Herbert presents plan to increase number of Utahns with degrees... seeks to have 66 percent of Utah adults holding some form of post-secondary degree or certificate by the year 2020.

Good luck with that goal Gov. if they continue to raise tuition costs.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

How much of this increase is going to the president's salary end others "toys" at the university? UVU alone just built a new recreational center (that most of us students will never use), computer labs which outnumber the students, and more high tech gadgets in every classroom that don't enhance learning?

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

It is positively obscene that the costs of college have been increased many times the rate of inflation not only this year, but every year for at least a decade, and probably closer to 25 years. EVERY YEAR!

Whatever the schools are dong with the money does not end up producing graduates that know more or will get better jobs. Perhaps it is eaten up (or wasted) on fancy perks for the bloated bureaucracy, or the elite presidents, or for unnecessary sports programs, or frivolous (but very politically correct) course offerings. Or, maybe it is used to compensate for the dismal level of preparation among graduates of public K-12 schools.

In any case, this raise is not needed and is an insult to the taxpayers and students of this state.

What the Regents should be doing is figuring out how to make a 10% cut in costs next year and 5% more in each of the next 4 years.

carman
Wasatch Front, UT

Why does the Board of Regents allow tuition to rise 0.00001% more than inflation??? Hold Higher Ed's feet to the fire to cut costs and innovate instead of giving them 2-3X inflation hikes in inflation year after year. Shame on the BOR for enabling higher ed's addiction to tuition increases.

VST
Bountiful, UT

0.00001% more than inflation? Certainly, you jest.

That is way “down in the weeds.” It is the equivalent of a rounding error when the actual rate increase was 4.00000%.

carman
Wasatch Front, UT

To VST:

Really? Read more carefully and digest both words and tone. The point is we should not let tuition costs rise by more than inflation, even the tiniest amount. The Regents just allowed tuition inflation that is TWICE the rate of inflation as measured by the CPI (or 2-3X depending on the time period that one uses).

The point is that the Board of Regents should hold the line on tuition hikes, and not allow tuition prices to continue to spiral out of control.

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