The Sunday Herald from Provo, Utah on December 8, 1968 · Page 82
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The Sunday Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 82

Provo, Utah
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Sunday, December 8, 1968
Page 82
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Summary Report of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Coordinating Council of Higher Education The 12-member committee of Utah citizens appointed by the Coordinating Council of Higher Education has completed a 6-month study of the conditions and needs of higher education in this state. As a non-partisan group whose membership is representative of all parts of the state, our concern was to: — Evaluate the importance of higher education for those attending our institutions and for the state as a whole, especially in terms of economic growth. — Review the financial needs of the institutions of higher education. — Recommend a system of governance for higher education in Utah. Conclusions: The major conclusions of our study are threefold: 1. Utah must achieve a state-wide system of higher education so that the nine existing post-high school institutions now receiving state funds can be integrated into a cohesive unit which will provide equitably and efficiently for higher education throughout the state. 2. The continually rising demand in Utah for higher education and the accompanying increases in costs require that the state decide at this time whether it can and will provide quality education in Utah for all qualified students, or whether it must now curtail educational opportunities either by raising admission standards or by raising tuition beyond the present high levels. 3. Funds appropriated by the state legislature and wisely spent through effective administration of higher education are key investments in Utah's future. This money returns dividends in both human and financial resources. The education provided by the investment equips our young people for high achievement in earning power, ability to contribute to society and ability to achieve a productive and meaningful life. The skills made available to the Utah economy are a spur to the development of the state. Utah's economic future and the future of its individual citizens are directly tied to the quality and the availability of higher education. The facts supporting these conclusions are fully detailed in reports prepared by the Coordinating Council. Recommendations: To meet some of the problems facing higher education, the Citizens Advisory Committee offers the following recommendations to the Council: 1. That the Council support enactment of legislation to provide strong central governance for higher education. The Committee has filed a complete recommendation on this issue with the Council. 2. This committee did not arrive at conclusions concerning the exact amount of increased support required by higher education for future years. However, we are convinced that substantial additional state support will have to be furnished. We suggest that the Council communicate to Utah citizens through their elected representatives ^he urgency of the decision concerning the financial needs of higher education and the likelihood of a tax increase to meet those financial requirements. If the people of Utah, through their elected representatives, refuse or fail to meet these educational commitments,'it is the Committee's belief that educational opportunities will have to be curtailed by limiting enrollment either through higher admission standards or higher tuition. 3. The Committee proposes that the Council recommend to the legislature a state-sponsored student loan program to make funds available for students who wish to assume greater financial responsibility for the cost of their own education. 4. The Committee endorses the strongest possible support for industrial development of the State. The State urgently requires a broader tax base from which our educational system can gain additional support and out of which increased employment opportunities will develop for our professionally trained people. Citizens Advisory Committee MR. MITCHELL MEL1CH MR. JOHN BOYDEN Chairman Vice-chairman Citizens Advisory Committee Citizens Advisory Committee MR. JACK O'KEEFE General Manager Utah Copper Division Kennecott Copper Corporation MRS. DIXIE LEAV1TT Cedar City, Utah MR. THORPE WADDINGHAM MR. SHELDON JOHNSON Chairman District Manager Coordinating Council of Sears Roebuck and Company Natural Resources MR. MAX I. BEERS General Plants Manager UNIVAC Salt Lake City DR. MERRILL DA1NES Logan, Utah MR. JOHN HINCKLEY MR. ARCH KESLER Vice-President and Manager President Robert H. Hinckley, Inc. Walker Bank It Trust Company MR. NORMAN ROSENBLATT Publications Manager White Horse Press DR. ELROY NELSON Vice-President First Security Bank

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