Colleges, universities see enrollment rise again

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  • Anonymous
    Feb. 19, 2010 12:25 p.m.

    They have to invest somewhere. It's a pretty common for people who can't find jobs to go back to school to increase their job marketability. At a certain point we're going to have to realize that we either continue to fund the higher ed programs in the state (as opposed to slashing and burning the budgets) or we increase the funding to the unemployment office.

    the Feds pretty much saved our bacon last year with stimulus money to plug the holes the Legislature cut in higher ed, but instead of using the time to think of solutions to the problem, the legislature has simply let time go by.

    If our children are our future, our future is looking pretty uneducated right now...

  • Henry Drummond
    Feb. 19, 2010 11:28 a.m.

    The "tipping point" came during the good times.

    Funding for education has dropped and tuition has increased dramatically for students pricing them out of the market.

    The state share of the cost of college has gone from 80% to 58%.

    The percent of college graduates in the population has dropped precipitously. Companies are bypassing Utah because of it.

    Now they are aiming at public education by making plans to eliminate the 12th grade.


  • @Fund Higher Ed.
    Feb. 19, 2010 10:52 a.m.

    Your speak the truth; however, the legislature has made it quite clear over the last decade that education is not a priority. Educated people cause problems for them. They ask poignant questions. They use big words. And they tend to vote for issues based in logical reasoning and critical thinking. It is much harder to get elected by the educated. Much easier to control a docile, TV absorbed, internet saturated, overweight populace. No need for education in this state.

  • A sign
    Feb. 19, 2010 10:47 a.m.

    A sign of the times...

  • Fund Higher Ed.
    Feb. 19, 2010 10:32 a.m.

    Our legislators need to adopt a long term view with regard to Higher Education.
    Utah has the largest under 18 population in the entire nation? It also continues to be one of the least amount of state funding per pupil in the nation. This years enrollment increases are just the tip of the iceberg, compared to what going to come.
    What are our legislators going to say in 5-10 years when this enormous population wants to go to college? Our culture demands it of them, and our Utah's future economy will requires it.
    Sure, Raise tuition and cut budgets to solve current problems. Just don't neglect to send a letter to our current high school students telling them that they should have applied for college last year when our institutions had the space, faculty, and programs to meet their needs. Sorry kids, you are on your own.
    If you truly value a college education for Utah's kids, then do what it takes to fund it. Don't let the politics of the moment distract you, and don't cut higher education, knowing what lies ahead for them.

  • Anonymous Infinity
    Feb. 19, 2010 10:24 a.m.

    Budget cuts news in government just cracks me up. What budget cuts. They propose budgets of 10% to 15% or more and then adjust it by 5% and then the UEA and every other entity that raises a hew and a cry about it calls the cuts draconian. That is just pure baloney. Government never actually adjusts budgets to spend less than they spent the previous year. All of these projection in tax revenues is also smoke and mirrors. How does anyone know what the actual tax income to taxings agencies will be? I have always advocated reform to the point that until the funds are in the bank government shouldn't have any budget to spend money that isn't there. The funds should be there before any budget is formulated and set. W

  • Fund Higher Ed.
    Feb. 19, 2010 10:05 a.m.

    Our legislators need to keep a long term view with regard to higher ed. Utah's public schools are bursting with young children. Utah has the largest under 18 population in the United States.

    Utah's Higher and public ed funding per student continues to be one of the lowest in the nation. Sure, raise the tuition and cut funding to solve short-term budget problems, just don't forget to dispatch a letter to Utah's high school students that, while our society and culture "values" a college education, they should have applied for college last year when the institutions had room.

    Higher Ed. in Utah needs more space, more faculty, and stronger programs to continue to meet Utah's economic needs.

    What's going to happen when Utah's next generation wants to go to college? The legislature has the data. They know the wave is coming. This years enrollment increases are just the tip of the iceberg.
    If you value a college education for Utah's children and don't want those future jobs to go elsewhere, then do what is necessary to fund it. Don't let the politics of it cloud your judgment.

  • To oldman
    Feb. 19, 2010 9:52 a.m. is this not good news? The number of students that are enrolled in state universities is rising. More people are striving for an education, that's a good thing. Yes, they need more space but that's no reason to ignore the positive elements of the story.

  • oldman
    Feb. 19, 2010 5:25 a.m.

    What a shining example of the American dream. It is impossible to win in this country. Is there any good news in this country.