February 16, 2011
Utah Student Association hosts event for student government to talk with Legislators
SALT LAKE CITY – This Friday, student leaders from throughout Utah will gather at the State Capitol building for a discussion about budget cuts, tuition increases and other higher ed issues. Governor Herbert, Commissioner Sederburg and other public officials and Legislators will speak to student leaders at an event sponsored by the Utah Student Association from noon to 4 pm in the State Capitol Building in basement Room #70.
With FY 2011 and 2012 revenues, Legislators are looking for ways to make up a $300+ Million budget gap. Last year the average tuition and fees increased by 7.59% (roughly an additional $280.00 per student) and students anticipate that next year’s tuition will not drastically increase.
Utah Student Association Executive Director Joseph Watkins says, “This is a critical time for higher education in Utah. It is essential our elected officials understand that maintaining access for students who desire to attend college needs to be a priority.” Watkins adds, “This event is for our college and university student leaders to express the budgetary concerns of college students at all institutions in Utah.”
Schedule of event highlights:
Noon to 1:30 pm- Lunch (Speakers include, but not limited to, Student Association officials, Senate President Michael Waddoups, House Speaker Becky Lockhart and other Legislators)
2 pm- Governor Gary Herbert
2:15 pm- Commissioner of Higher Education William Sederburg and Associate Commissioner Dave Buhler
While the Governor Herbert’s attendance is encouraging, these student leaders expect that Legislators will remember their needs and priorities while making such difficult budget decisions. In fact, Friday’s event is important enough to these student leaders that they will be missing class to attend.
About the Utah Student Association: Organized in 1973, The Utah Student Association consists of all Student Body Presidents and participating student leaders from all of the public and private not-for-profit institutions in the State. The Utah Student Association represents the interests of Utah’s 170,000-student population.
About The Utah System of Higher Education: USHE includes all of Utah’s eight public colleges and universities: The University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University, Southern Utah University, Snow College, Dixie State College, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College. For more information on the Utah System of Higher Education, visit our website at higheredutah.org.
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