March 14, 2011
Higher education dodged some bullets but still took cuts in Legislature
An initial proposed budget cut of 7 percent was whittled down to about 2 percent, about $18 million, although that will still force tuition hikes as enrollment continues to climb.
A message bill from Rep. Curt Oda, R-Clearfield, that would have allowed guns to be openly carried on college campuses was changed to focus on buffer zones around school grounds.
And an attempt to ban tenure for professors hired at the state’s public colleges after July 1, 2011, died in committee.
Utah State University scored two victories with approval for a veterinary school and an addition to a business building.
The joint veterinary program will accept 30 students a year — 20 in-state and 10 nonresidents — who will take the first two years at USU and then two years of clinical studies at Washington State University.”
“This new program will not only allow us to extend our role in addressing important state needs,” USU President Stan Albrecht said in a statement, “but will also buttress other research endeavors on our campus through collaboration with the Utah Science Technology and Research initiative and other USU programs.”
The Legislature approved $1.7 million to get the program off the ground this year.
Until the last day of the session, it was unclear whether any higher education buildings would be approved. But USU’s plan to add on to its business school had one advantage: $16 million in private pledges. Legislators decided to bond for $14 million to fund the rest of the project.
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