Letter from student government

You may or may not have heard about the recent woes about further budget cuts to higher education in the state of Utah. Encouraging equity funding in regards to higher education may help soften the blow made to UVU. Recently, Richard Portwood, UVUSA Executive Vice President, and Christina Lowe, Chief Justice on UVUSA, had the opportunity to speak in behalf of the students to the Appropriations Sub-Committee for Higher Ed. Of the many topics discussed by each institution, there was one main theme – institutions feel that they are not receiving the funding they need to continue at the rate they are growing. Over the past two years UVU has increased its size by about 5,000 students – a 20% increase. It is interesting to learn of the variety of reasons students choose to attend UVU. Whether it is the small class sizes, the beautiful area in which our institution resides, the programs, or the fact that it is affordable; many students in the state of Utah are choosing UVU as their university to educate them. So what is the problem? You may ask. And to that I can answer in one word my friends—funding. UVU students have the least amount of space per student in the state, 121 sq. ft. to be exact. That is compared to a student at Weber State who has 195.8 sq. ft., a...

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