Sen. Urquhart: ‘growth is antithetical’ to how higher ed should be funded

It has not had a lot of attention or controversy. Now Republican State Senator Steve Urquhart is hoping state lawmakers will approve his bill which would change the way colleges and universities are funded.On KVNU’s For the People program Thursday, Urquhart said right now all of the schools, community colleges to research universities, get funding based on enrollment growth.”That’s how they get their piece of cheese is by growing,” Uquhart explained. “That’s all we fund and that makes sense for a community college. But that doesn’t make sense for a research institution, USU, at least the Logan campus, and the University of Utah.”Then SUU we are trying to move toward being a liberal arts public institution. Huge growth is antithetical to what they should be doing.”Urquhart says with mission-based funding such criteria would be used as graduation rates, jobs on completion of college and admission to graduation schools.

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