Utah County legislators will slow down their push to convert Utah Valley Community College to a four-year school.
A caucus of 12 Utah County legislators agreed Monday that they will abandon two bills - SB114 and HB275 - that would have forced the State Board of Regents into preparing a 1993-94 operating budget for UVCC as a four-year school.Instead, the caucus backed a resolution, prepared by higher education officials consulting with legislators, that falls behind the go-slower stance of the regents.
Last week, the regents formally opposed SB114, calling it premature.
The resolution asks the regents to consider the baccalaureate needs of Utah County students, especially in light of restricted enrollment at Brigham Young University, and to "assess the feasibility and costs of converting Utah Valley Community College into a four-year institution," taking into account statewide enrollment pressure, the higher education master plan and the state's limited resources. The regents are supposed to report their findings to the 1992 Legislature.
The resolution also urges the regents to aggressively pursue the University Center concept to immediately address the need for selected, high-demand baccalaureate degrees at UVCC. The proposed University Center would allow UVCC, Dixie and CEU students to take baccalaureate classes on their own campuses. Faculty would be supplied by the four-year colleges or universities.
Although the normal bill-filing deadline is passed, caucus chairman, Rep. Donald R. LeBaron, R-Highland, said the House Rules Committee, which determines a bill's status, has agreed to let the resolution be filed.