The Utah System of Higher Education is excellent in most regards. Both Research and Education functions are strong. Rising costs of Higher Education are resulting in mountains of Student Debt which will burden graduates for decades.
The recent merging the governing boards of traditional Colleges and Universities with Technical Colleges is fraught with dangers. Today, traditional University Education is being replaced by Technical Education, including traditional Vocations such as Plumbers and Electricians. Combining these two creates the real possibility the unique needs of Tech Colleges will be subsumed by the massive programs of Higher Education. The emerging roles of Technical Education need to be protected and nourished.