(KCPW News) While Governor Gary Herbert’s proposed 2012 budget includes $50 million to fund new student growth in K-12 education, higher ed would have to make do with no additional funding. Still, Commissioner of Higher Education Bill Sederburg says he’s reasonably pleased with the budget.
“Many states are facing severe cuts in higher education funding, so to be held harmless or flat we think is a very positive statement,” he told KCPW.
But if the state’s revenues go up, Sederburg hopes Utah’s colleges and universities will be next in line to get more funding.
He’s concerned that with no funding for additional students, tuition might continue to go up.
“That’s kind of the negative aspect to all this,” Sederburg said. “If the state doesn’t fund it, the money has to come from somewhere to fund this enrollment surge.”
Enrollment in Utah’s public colleges and universities went up by nearly 6,400 students for the Fall 2010 semester, or 6.2 percent over the previous year.