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The idea of Dixie State College becoming more closely aligned with the University of Utah is certainly provocative. Yet, the idea also raises complex questions and issues that need to be thoroughly dissected and carefully analyzed before the intriguing proposal could become a reality.
Trustees at the St. George school are pursuing the change. They like the idea of being able to offer a broader curriculum, including more graduate degrees. They contend more educational offerings would benefit young people in their rapidly growing community.
While not overtly courting Dixie, the University of Utah is amenable to exploring the possibility of closer ties. Such a partnership could advance the stature of higher education in Utah.
But, so many questions!
For instance, how much, exactly, would such an alignment cost taxpayers? Would tuition at Dixie be assessed at the college level or university rate, which is significantly higher? Beyond the U and Dixie, how would such an arrangement impact the broader Utah System of Higher Education? What would come of Dixie's current relationships with Utah State University and Southern Utah University?
And so many more!
While it is an idea worth pursuing, KSL believes it should only move forward once all of the many ramifications are fully considered.