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For a state its size, Utah has an excellent system of higher education!

It will be even better now that the Board of Regents has adopted a policy that specifically delineates the roles and missions of each of the ten institutions within the system.

In essence, the role of each institution will be "frozen" as currently defined for at least the next five years. It means keeping things the way they are instead of charting a new course.

The new policy is especially important in view of the current economy when the universities and colleges are competing for scarce resources. It will prevent ambitious schools from expanding unnecessarily and adding expensive new programs that already exist at nearby institutions.

By halting so-called "academic and campus creep" the regents have strengthened the overall system. Their policy will prevent the dilution of precious resources and the weakening of existing programs. At the same time, prospective students can be assured the programs they desire can be found somewhere within the system.

KSL compliments the Regents for the decision they’ve made. Now that the roles have been defined, we urge each institution within the Utah System of Higher Education to strive for excellence and become the very best possible within the context of the defined role.

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