Monthly Archives: September 2008

College Enrollment (It’s the economy) #

Two years ago, there was some general concern about declining college enrollment. I posted about it. One one biggest reasons for the decline was the growing economy. I said then that there is an inverse relationship between economic strength and college enrollment.

The Trib has an article about how college enrollment is now increasing:

About 20.5 percent more Utahns enrolled as undergraduates in college during 2007 than in 2000, according to U.S. Census American Community Survey results released today. About 35 percent more enrolled in graduate and professional schools.Salt Lake Tribune, “College is becoming more of an attraction for Utahns,” 23 Sep 2008

Based on the age distribution curve projections from 2005 [pdf], we’re also on the upswing of the college-age population distribution. Given these two significant factors, the increased enrollment shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

Public Ed willing to give back to help balance budget #

The legislature will be called into special session to reduce the current year’s budget by about $200 million. (See, SLTrib)

If I may be so bold as to make a suggestion, I suspect few in education would miss the $1 million appropriation for UPSTART (from the controversial SB2 second substitute, line 1108), which provides for Waterford a contractor to provide computers and software to preschoolers. This proposition hinges on the expectation that without the appropriation, the code describing the program would be rendered unenforceable.

Seeing as how UPSTART initially failed when it was on its own in a single-subject bill (HB 200 S1), I suspect there may also be a few legislators that wouldn’t be sorry to see it go …

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