Regents approve 5 percent statewide tuition increase

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  • srw Riverton, UT
    March 30, 2013 1:09 p.m.

    The students quoted in the article report no noticeable change in the quality of instruction and wonder whether the university will just "throw around" the extra tuition money. Almost all of the commenters here are concerned about excessive spending by the universities. Many folks seem to be missing this critical piece of information:

    "David Buhler, commissioner of higher education, said reductions in state funding since the recession have resulted in more of the cost burden for education being shifted to students. Since 2008, he said, the proportion of college and university operating revenue funded by the state has fallen from 63 percent to roughly 49 percent, depending on the institution."

    For example, in 2007-2008 UVU received $4138 per full-time-equivalent student from state tax funds. In 2011-2012 they received $2708. Tuition has increased because the schools receive dramatically less funding (per student) from the state. The schools' spending per student has actually been decreasing (not even taking inflation into account). Suggestions that the universities are getting away with something and not eliminating unnecessary spending are simply false and inflammatory.

    March 30, 2013 3:45 a.m.

    I worked in higher education for much of my career. I have seen waste but not any more than you would expect from a large organization that is restricted in it's operational efficiency by state and federal law. Much of the inefficiency is due to the restrictions/laws imposed on the institution to hire/fire employees.

    Each institution has to compete for students because the highest percentage of their operating budgets come from tutition and fees. If their course offerings aren't as appealing to prospective students as another institution then you lose students and funding. This same principle also applies to having a sports program.

    I don't feel this is a bad increase considering the real rate of inflation. I understand the feelings of those who have posted already, but I believe there are other programs and organizations that are much more wasteful and do much less to benefit our society. Those are where we should focus our attention and anger.

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    March 30, 2013 3:48 a.m.

    This is one means of limiting the gene pool access to eduction, make it so expensive that only wealthy genes can afford the schools. Maybe the schools should look at eliminating overhead on high school courses and jobs and business paid educators.

    Why are these students being required to pay college tuition fees to bring up their high school degrees to a high school level of education? Shouldn't high school classes be the responsibility of the state to provide if the students were not getting the level of education they need to enter college?

    No wonder the board of education wants to eliminate the 12th grade as public school entitlements when they can send the kids to colleges and make the students/parents buy their 12th grade classes with loans and debts to the colleges. That's a billion dollar windfall to the BOE and RDA development scam they are sharing, and billion dollar financial cash cow to the schools. Its too bad the students who want an eduction have to buy it after public school system have failed them so badly they can't comprehend how serve the degradation of education has become.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    March 29, 2013 8:56 p.m.

    If the University of Utah cut out inter school sports which have absolutely nothing to do with education, how much could be saved? When schools contend that they need more money but they have enough money for a football team, it's like Obama claiming we need to raise taxes while he sends his children on taxpayer funded luxury vacations. Some hypocrisy in here somewhere.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 29, 2013 8:47 p.m.

    Higher ed does not have a revenue problem, they have a spending problem. For decades now, they have gotten away with annual increases in fees far above the rate of inflation.

    They continually add layers of administration and bureaucracy, programs and courses of dubious value (albeit popular with the political correct crowd). Who can name any higher ed programs, ineffective courses, or non-essential jobs that have been eliminated int he last 1, 5 or 10 years?

    Everyone involved with approving this increase in costs should be fired and replaced with people who can make tough management decisions and deliver better value in education.

  • trueamerican Huntsville, AL
    March 29, 2013 7:47 p.m.

    So, wages go down, unemployment is high, and state tuition increases. This is insane. Apparently, everyone else must live on a budget but state schools cannot.