We could get our universities on board with granting full credit for AP and CE
credits earned in the high schools. Currently Utah universities do not
consistently recognize and value these sources of college credit. Colleges and
universities could also work more closely with public and private high schools
in setting pathways for students to resolve all general or liberal education
requirements for college degrees while the students are still in high school.
The costs to the universities would be minimal, but the monetary and time
savings to students and their families would be extraordinary. AP and CE
courses also ramps up the academic rigor in the high schools and they give
seniors something to work on during that final year.
According to econ 101, you lower the price of something. You will sell more of
that something. Profits to that company will see profits go up to a point. Math
will calculate the best price to set for profits to be at its max. Since
Utah is promoting STEM and since setting the right tuition to see max profits is
the M in STEM. They ought to lower tuition (prices) to a point for both colleges
and students to benefit from this at its best ($$$) point. Many commercial
buildings are sitting empty, including some malls. They could open classroom
space at these offices/store fronts. Then as prices are decreased and more
students take classes, they could create new classes at these buildings as
mentioned. New teaching positions would be created, thus you lower the
unemployment rate. With lower tuition comes with lower student loans,
which means students will have more cash to spend on things like new homes,
cars, etc. after graduating. Thus you strengthen Utah's economy. Again math
will calculate that for every $1 spent on tuition reduction will mean $x
increase in the state's tax revenues from increase economic activities. So please lower the tuition.
This is a best case scenario they are predicting and likely will be more bleak
and discouraging to anyone in college or high school certified students.The projected tax revenue is not possible nor conceivable by any measure
of the economy or income to debt ratios spending exceeding 103% of gross income.
Its impossible to imagine any economic growth in the next 40 years and there
hasn't been any in the last 40 years. There is no upward mobility and
college is not a benefit in a wage-less economy and education has failed its
students.Unemployment is not going up, jobs and job seekers are
disappearing from the job market and becoming government dependents. High school
children and current college enrollees are becoming street smart finding out
that the debts they have will be an albatross on the backs for decades.
Don't see any tax revenue from jobs or sales tax so its hard to discern
where they got this information, same place they get global warming as a threat,
imagination.Our governor has no visions or wisdom or the ability to
recognizes his failures in all things he has done.
The state hasn't put a drop of money into investing in this goal, so
I'm not sure how it is going to be done. Maybe constant nagging by
politicians will do the trick.