U. President David Pershing says access and excellence are his top priorities

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  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 12:34 p.m.

    Nobel laureates and the quality of undergraduate education are only loosely related. Westminster offers an excellent education with high entrance requirements, but no Nobel laureates. The schools mentioned are known primarily for graduate schools. The U should also focus on the quality of undergraduate teaching, not just claiming they are members of the PAC 12 and that they have Nobel prize winners.

  • donahoe NSL, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 12:12 p.m.


    There are 62 AAU members. One way to look at universities is by the number of Nobel Prizes. The AAU Pac 12 member with Nobel counts are Arizona (5), Cal Berkeley (69), Colorado (10), Oregon (2), Stanford (58), UCLA (15), USC (5) and Washington (12).

    The Big Ten is the strongest athletic conference in terms of AAU membership, although Northwester is the only private university. Illinois is its highest Nobel count (24), although the University of Chicago(89) was a founding Big 10 member who bailed after WWII. Johns Hopkins (36) will be joining as an affiliate member.

    The UoU currently has 3 Nobel's. I believe the UoU is on its way up!

  • Christine B. Hedgefog Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 10:54 a.m.

    "We’re going to try to be pretty clear about what it takes to get into the university."

    What, they're going to require more than a pulse and a PAC-10+2 window sticker to get in now?

  • Dutchman Murray, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 10:07 a.m.

    President Pershing wants the U of U to deliver a "PAC 12 education". Since 8 of the 12 schools in the PAC 12 belong to the prestigious academic club, AAU, it sounds to me as though David Pershing is pushing the U in the direction of achieving AAU affiliation.

  • Jory payson, utah
    Dec. 10, 2013 7:51 a.m.

    "it's important that students decide what school to attend based on their individual goals and not due to cost."

    Isn't that whats causing students to have over $100k in debt and only can get a job that pays $20k a year. The problem is that students don't look at the cost of the education until its to late.

  • Tyler McArthur South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 10, 2013 1:21 a.m.

    It only took three sentences for this article to mention athletic affiliation.