Tag: higher education

The company you keep: Mia Love and Paul Ryan to team up

Congresswoman-elect Mia Love went to great lengths during her campaign to refute earlier promises she had made to do away with the Department of Education–including popular Pell grants and subsidized loans that allow many Americans to afford a college education. The assignment of her new congressional mentor, Paul Ryan, gives cause to consider whether or not her

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Southern Utah University kowtows to political extremists

Everyone should go to Southern Utah University. I did. It’s nestled between Utah’s stunning National Parks and there is no winter inversion. There are generous staff members and award-winning faculty. The class sizes are small and tuition is affordable. There’s also the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival. I’m wondering, however, if the promises of SUU

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Student loan debt surpasses $1 trillion

Debt accumulation is rising at its fastest rate since the economy took a nose dive in 2008. Residential mortgage debt saw the biggest increase in 2013, at $152 billion. Student loan debt came in second at $53 billion. Total student loan debt is now more than $1 trillion. To quote Ronald Reagan’s famous analogy for

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Privatized education coming to a public school near you

Ali is blogging from Chile this semester as a study abroad student with the University of Utah. A Spanish-language version of her post appears below the English-language version. Higher education is at a crossroads. In Utah, and throughout all of the United States, there is an open debate about how to value education. Should education

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An Inefficient Education

In a lot of ways, I suspect that I am the sort of student that the majority of the Utah Legislature dislikes. I’m not majoring in a STEM field. Quite the opposite, I am majoring in political science and Spanish. And I am certainly not heading into a field with great economic projections or potential

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Young Pakistani girl can teach Utah a lot about education

“Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.” – Malala Yousafzai Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani education activist that survived a Taliban attack last October, is the courageous face of

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Better UTAH Beat Episode 54 – July 2, 2013

Independence Day has been an important American Holiday for hundreds of years. But it didn’t get really interesting as a federal holiday until 1826, the Jubilee year of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. That 50 year celebration was accentuated for the young nation by the deaths, within hours of each other, of two

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Failure to act on student loan interest rates highlights Congress’s continued disfunction

Salt Lake City – In light of Congress’s failure to prevent an increase in student loan rates, progressive advocacy group Alliance for a Better UTAH has released the following statement. Data on Utah’s own congressional delegation’s college costs can be found after the statement. “Utah’s delegation, with the exception of Congressman Jim Matheson, has once

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Student perspectives get lost at legislative session

Education has lost out recently in attention to gun rights, the attorney general, and air quality, but during the legislative session the biggest question is typically education funding. This is a question–along with other questions concerning sex education, the common core, scholarship standards, and prioritizing STEM fields–where students are largely left out. With the end

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Education bill passes despite fears of socialism

SB100, Higher Education Scholarship Amendments, sponsored by Senator Jerry W. Stevenson, passed the House this week. Here are three things this bill will amend: This bill will allow the Board of Regents to weight grades earned in the International Baccalaureate program’s courses when selecting the recipients for the Board of Regents Scholarship. This bill raises

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