Utah higher education leaders warn against 7 percent budget cut

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  • Vanka Provo, UT
    Jan. 27, 2011 7:24 p.m.

    Only the truly ignorant villify education and those who sacrifice to provide it. Salaries in Higher Ed are still barely half what they are in industry for equivalent credentials and experience.

    Biting the hand that feeds you is unwise. Slapping the faces of those who enlighten you is just plain stupid.

    My2Cents and DN Subscriber, please see me after class.

  • Hist Prof springville, uT
    Jan. 23, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    I teach a legislatively-mandated history course. I believe I have one of the lowest cost-per-student ratios of any school in the state, and I'm working to make it lower. I'm doing everything I'm supposed to do as a state employee, but it seems like the more I make the course better and less expensive, the more criticism we get. And NEVER any recognition. So what am I supposed to be doing here, please?

  • MenaceToSociety Draper, UT
    Jan. 20, 2011 2:35 p.m.

    Republicans cutting higher education spending has two purposes:

    1) It decreases the education, intelligence and knowledge of the voting base, and

    2) The lower the education, intelligence and knowledge of the individual voter, the greater the likelihood that person votes Republican. The more one is educated, the more likely that person will know when Republicans are lying to them, whether it is about health care reform, or who built the deficit, or whatever.

    Lower taxes, less spending and more votes for Republicans. Brilliant!

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 20, 2011 11:19 a.m.

    The costs of higher education have increased every year for decades at rates far above inflation, or any increase in productivity.
    Academic elites apparently think that they are immune from tight budget times, and are entitled to increasingly huge amounts of public money every year.

    Then, in an insult to our intelligence, they throw out the scare tactic of firing professors and canceling needed courses. That's like a city threatening to lay off the police and firefighters instead of layers of bureaucrats and shutting down worthless patronage positions.

    Higher ed needs to make some big cuts anyway, even more now that times are tight. Start by laying off half the administration, and cutting the outrageous pay for sports coaches. Fire some of the elderly faculty who are no longer actually teaching. No more overly fancy building projects.

    And, for the University of Utah- quit wasting money trying to avoid obeying the state's gun laws. They wasted several hundred thousand dollars on that alone.

    It is not right to expect hard working tax payers to shell out more to subsidize pampered liberal academic elites.

  • kcmannn Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 20, 2011 6:56 a.m.

    Isn't that just like our legislature to reward (hold harmless) those causing the problem (k-12) and punish those trying to fix the problem. No wonder we just keep getting further and further behind.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Jan. 20, 2011 6:05 a.m.

    It's unfortunate, but the future appears that we'll be sending out kids abroad to get the kind of education they'll need to be competitive in the global economy. I just read how China is investing significant resources to make their universities world class and how many American universities are funneling their best faculty to teach abroad for six-month stints -- a necessity to bring income into the American institutions and provide faculty some extra income -- and the classes are taught in English.

    Perhaps that's the model Utah parents need to be thinking about for their children.

  • My2Cents Kearns, UT
    Jan. 20, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    Intolerable and offensive attack on the taxpayers of Utah. How dare these blowhard fraudulent whiners threaten the Utah tax payers. They should have 50% of their funds cut off and make them say thank you for being so kind.

    I'm tired of higher educations taking tens of millionths of dollars every year from our schools to pay their CEO board members and waste education funds on greedy personal profiteering wealth.

    Our schools in Utah are not producing educated individuals, they are teaching how to fail in business and defraud taxpayers, how to profit from failures. Utah doesn't have higher eduction, they have higher forms or fraud and waste. You never hear companies say anything about the eduction level of Utah, its always the politicians spouting those lines, not business. We Utahan's are bean sprouts and nothing more than vegetables grown in the dark fed a bunch of lies and too blind to see through the carnage business and education is doing to this country. Profiteering is the goal of education, not giving any worth while and usable education. Failure is the path of education, and if you don't believe it do a Jay walk sometime.

  • Another Perspective Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 19, 2011 7:39 p.m.

    If you are a high tech company thinking of locating or expanding in Utah and are disapointed in Utah commitment to education and our educational prospects, you may want to talk to our leaders. If they pay no heed remind them of why you considered Utah as a desirable place to be in the first place (educated populace with a good work ethic).

    If you are given the cold shoulder, politely remind them that quality educated employees are the most valuable asset your company has and that you can locate or expand anywhere in the world.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 19, 2011 6:23 p.m.

    It's unfortunate that the Federal Government holds public lands in Utah hostage.

    The bottom line is Utah can either live within it's Budget or do like the Feds and California do and borrow against some future generation to pay it back ..... with interest.