UTC Press, 1987-02-09
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Monday, February 9, 1987 Higbee Studies bv Tom Green With Governor Norm Bangerter's proposed 200 million dollar plus tax increase going before Utah's lawmakers February 25, President J. Marvin Higbee has more to worry about than what he's going to get his wife for Valentine's Day. According to the January 22, 1987 edition of "The Daily Herald," James Moss, Utah's new public school superintendant, fears that when Bangerter's proposed budget goes before the legislature, it will be severely reduced. If the proposal is reduced, it can only hurt UTC and other Utah educational facilities, as 165 of the proposed 206 million dollar tax increase is to go for public and higher education. "Right now UTC has 150 more students than we're funded for," said UTC President J. Marvin Higbee. UTC is anticipating over 200 more full-time equivalent students next fall than there were last fall. Something has to be done if Bangerter's proposal is axed by the legislature, according to Higbee. If the proposal is taken to the "chopping block" by Utah lawmakers, alternatives will have to be made to help keep up with UTCs tremendous growth. While nothing is official yet, since it is still left to be Legislators Pass Bills Which by Connie Keamey Thursday, January 29, Utah legislators rolled up their sleeves and went to work on educational bills which directly affects Utah Technical College. Under the new legislation, UTC was renamed Utah Valley Community College, the 7525 percent vocational policy was eliminated and the State Board of Regents now determines areas in which an associate degree can be issued. Former UTC president, Wilson Sorensen, was invited to speak before the Senate Education Committee and present his views. Sorensen was concerned that changes would lessen voctech education, but as the language of the House bill was amended by the Senate, he feels voctech education will grow within the college. The Senate amendment states that vocational education funding is to be given "highest priority." As all nine" colleges within the state have some vocational classes, just how the funding will be appropriated is being discussed. Sorensen states that the 7525 ratio was a safe guard to keep tle school from going strictly general education. "If UTC Future seen what the legislature will do with Bangerter's proposal, alternatives may come in the form of a hike in student tuition, or in a placement of some minor restrictions on classes and enrollment. "UTC is an open door institution," said Higbee. While no one would be refused admittance to the school, classes would have to be opened on a "first come, first serve basis," according to Higbee. It's still too early to make any 'hard and fast' rules as to what a student can expect if Utah does not receive the tax increase Bangerter is calling for." However, if the proposal does not clear the legislature with a favorable percentage of what is being asked in tax dollars, according to Higbee, he and his staff will have to start taking a hard look at possible alternatives for funds. "We'll do the best that we can with what we have," said Higbee. "We don't want to have to raise tuition." Higbee has encouraged anyone in favor of Bangerter's proposal to write to the legislature. He also feels "With Utah's emphasis on education, I would be surprised if both the public and the legislature don't rally around together to support those proposals and tax increases." vocational education is not given the highest priority," he says, "we could end up not meeting the vocational needs of the community and have another area vocational school spring up, as in the case at Weber, Richfield, Vernal Cache, and Sevier Valley." Today, these small area schools total about 2,500 students and draw one-fourth of all monies in the state bond-about 10 to 15 million a year. Area school lobbyists state that they have had an increase of 22 percent, which represents about a 500 students increase, while the 2.5 percent represents over 1300 students increase. The area school's studentbody is 90 percent adults and who will govern them, the Board of Regents or the State Board of Education, is being reviewed. Sorensen said that these schools cost the state a lot of money and the expense could be avoided if local colleges were meeting the vocational needs. "For vocational courses built this college and within the community, 'technical' docs not have a negative connotation, but a very positive one." He states he is pleased that HE U.T.C. PRES(g Iplft3 Utah Technical College ProvoOi DECA Prepares for bv Fran Lupo DECA (Delta Epsilon Chi) is not the name of a sorority. It is the Junior Collegiate Compelition Club. Its main concern is being a student business association. The purpose of the organization is to provide a program of activities relating to marketing and distribution. It is designed to encourage social awareness, vocational understanding, civic consciousness, and leadership development. One of DECA's priorities around this time of year is Nationals. The preparation sLuls. with competitions against all two-year schools in the state. This includes Snow, Dixie, Weber, UTC Salt Lake, and UTC ProvoOrcm. The hard work that goes into these competitions begins early in the year. The class meets on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in BU 131, and Thursdays at 10 a.m. in BU 126. The workshop is on Tuesdays and the club meets on Thursdays. All members and non-members are invited to attend any of the meetings the DECA has. Anita Muso, the DECA coordinator, has stated that "The success of the club comes from the dedicated presidency." The presidency consists of Brad Johnson, the President, and acting vice presidents: Lisa Wild, Branden Miller, Rena Moss, and David Manning. This the legislators have assured education a high priority in funding and hopes the public will become educated to the functions of a community college. "A community college is there to meet the needs of the community," he says, "and is not just a training ground for future university students." Right now vocational enrollment is down, but Sorcnson feels the gap should be bridged, as in a year or two it will increase. The economy influences enrollment, he says, and perhaps other factors arc involved. There may be a lack of intensive recruiting and, "Assessment testing may be limiting enrollment as there arc many students who arc not comfortable with testing and do not understand its purpose." Sorensen recalls that the college originated in 1941 as a vocational training school and has grown and blossomed since that time. He feels vocational education plays just as vital a role within the college and the community, as it did in 1941. President J. Marvin Higbee states that it is of vital importance that the public becomes aware that voctech education will be the primary thrust of the college. "The role of vocational education will not em, Box 1609, Provo, Utah 84603 w 4 It r r.7 V t; UTC DECA officers prepare for competition. winning combination has recruited members into the club who have shown great enthusiasm, and a great deal of hard work towards the club. Much of the success of the club goes to the students and faculty of UTC. With the support of these two groups, UTC will conquer the high number of categories. The students are looking forward to the competition with a great deal of enthusiasm, and are looking for the opportunity of Affect Future of UTC be diminished in any way," he says, "but will be enhanced." By 1988, the legislature will formulate a system which will insure vocational education funding. Higbee says it is the role of the college to project the function of a community college. He wants the public to know that. Utah Valley Community College is the place to come for vocational, as well as general education. Currently the college is Inside the UTC PRESS Editorials Page 2 Campus News Pages 3,4,5 Athlete of the Month Page 6 Sports Page 6 Valentine Messages Page 5 Scholarships Page 7 Entertainment Pages 7, 8 State Competition ' using the theory from classroom and putting it to practical application. This type of student that goes on to represent the college is what DECA is all about. The past few years has proven this statement to be true-national awards have been brought back to UTC through mature business competition. DECA is considered to be a competing family. The training comes from the advisors of DECA: David preparing brochures, videotapes and presentations which will be taken to high schools, service clubs and community activities. Higbee has stressed the function of a community collge as opposed to a junior college and anticipates that the new bills will have a positive and growing effect on the college. Awarding of an Associate of Arts degree along with an Associate of Science degree will help broaden the curriculum and belter fill the needs of the public. Volume 15 Number 15 M t 1 i i UTC PRESS Photo by Michcal Shinee Litchford, Frank Cooper, and Wes Bitters. But the drilling of these training skills come from the members of DECA, the past members of DECA that are going on to be judges, and important members of society. Administration is the main support of the club, and the school and the community also take a great deal of this credit. DECA is always welcoming any and all students with the interest in business and human relations skills. "Associate of Science Degree orientates that student directly into the work field," Higbee explains, "while the Associate of Arts degree is generally referred to as a transfer degree which precludes a Bachelor of Arts Degree." The college will be offering the additional classes necessary to earn the Associates of Arts Degree. The new legislation will become effective the first of May.
|Title||UTC Press, 1987-02-09|
|Description||UTC Press was the name of the student newspaper for Utah Technical College at Provo/Orem from February 07, 1985 to June 1, 1987.|
|Publisher||Utah Valley University|
|Subject headings||Utah Technical College at Provo/Orem--History; College student newspapers and periodicals;|
|Source||The U.T.C. Press, 1987-02-09|
|Rights||Copyright 2013 Utah Valley University|