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Utah higher education enrollment increases

Utah higher education enrollment increases



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Enrollment is way up at Utah's public colleges and universities, but unfortunately there's less money coming in.

It's a one-two punch. The same sour economy straining Utah's higher education budget is prompting more people to head back to class. The fall head count climbed by almost 12,000 students, or 8.5 percent.

State Commissioner of Higher Education William Sederburg says when there are fewer job opportunities, people often go back to school.

But at the same time, Utah lawmakers ordered Utah's state colleges and universities, from Utah State University to Dixie State, to trim 4 percent from their budgets during this downturn. That may mean larger class sizes, more adjunct faculty and fewer enrichment courses.

The last time Utah saw an enrollment spike this large was in 2002 after the economy was troubled in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

(The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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