Randy Shumway: Utah's college funding formula impedes needed improvement

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  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Aug. 2, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    Maybe someone could go back and look at how our legislature illegally funds higher education in Utah. The education fund was meant to be for k-12 only and a few years back the legislature changed the funding formula to include higher education.

    Our kid are suffering in overcrowded schools while someone at the University does a study on striped ties vs. polka dots.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    Aug. 2, 2011 10:38 a.m.

    Re: "Utah's college funding formula"

    The primary distraction to a useful education in Utah is the unsustainable overfunding of university instructors and administrators.

    Tenured professors at the state's universities consume the largest part of the state's higher education human resources budget, but pull the lowest proportionate share of the educational load. We get 4-8 times the bang for each tax and tuition buck -- as well as a consistently higher level of pedagogy -- with graduate assistants, community college instructors, and adjunct professors.

    To assure any possibility of long-term viability for state-funded higher education, the "college funding formula" must be adjusted to thin the herd of unbending, unaccountable, unproductive university professors. Particularly those in the humanities and "soft" sciences -- who cost us as much or more than useful instructors, but who produce graduates destined for work only in fast food outlets, or for duty as "community organizers."