I learned a lot at my meeting with President Matt Holland and the UVU management team this past week. They are doing an amazing job at educating the largest group of students in the state that stay in the state. I congratulated President Holland at doing more with less from a funding standpoint.
One thing that stood out to me was the following slide that shows how much the State of Utah pays to educate each of its higher education students:
The State of Utah pays the following amount for students at its institutions of higher learning:
|University of Utah||$7,172|
|Salt Lake Community College||$2,891|
|Utah Valley University||$2,871|
UVU is paid $4,301 less than the U, $3,546 less than Utah State, $3,078 less than Snow, and $1,336 less than Weber which has an almost identical education model to Utah Valley U.
If this same sort of discrepancy occured in the K-12 range, there would be lawsuit upon lawsuit because of 'lack of equality'.
So why is this lack of equality able to exist in Higher Ed?