Mormon mission age change could mean big tuition revenue losses
Of course in two years those students are going to start returning and then
enrollments will spike again. I wouldn't do anything drastic for an
expected temporary dip.
It's a good chance to consider implementing some type of high school
outreach program. Some form of hiring freeze makes a lot of sense, but I'd
hate to lose good people because of a temporary drop in enrollment.
It has more to do with the rising tuition costs than younger missionaries.
Paying $3-5,000 per semester for higher education eliminates alot of high school
kids because parents are opting not to co-sign on student loans these days.
Especially since there is a chance that the parents will be stuck with paying
the loan back and the students are not guaranteed employment with a degree.
Maybe $400 a month to finance a mission for 2 years is a better deal for the
parents at this stage.
I think parents are getting smarter and realize not every kid should go to
college. A good votech program that guarntees a job is much better then college
for many kids.
I know there's a Utah State University, but "Utah State University
Eastern?" C'mon guys... admit it. You made up that
univeristy, right? :)
This is just the "dropping of the first shoe." Every year higher
education approaches the Legislature complaining of inadequate funding due to
increasing enrollments.This year the approach will be inadequate funding due to
decreasing enrollments. I can't wait to hear the approach as the
"second shoe" drops.
USU Eastern was formerly CEU. Don't you read the news, Raybies?
Half of all freshmen drop out of college by their sophomore year. The people
who serve missions are gping to come home with better work habits and a stronger
sense of what they want to do with their lives. Fewer of them will enroll in
college, but those who do will be more successful and likely to graduate, so
overall graduation rates should stay about the same, and colleges will just lose
a lot of the less committed freshman students. The average age of students will
rise, the percentage who are married before graduation will rise, and there will
be more who come in with substantial foreign language skills who will want to
advance their skills. Fewer will go to smaller colleges and more will go to more
serious programs at universities, and eventually to grad school. And more will
be willing to go out of state, and more will go to BYU, which makes admission
easier for returned missionaries. More serious students also means more joining
ROTC or the National Guard and Reserves, since there will not be a conflict
between military service and missions.
U of U won't be hit as hard as they are predicting - they will just admit
more students that normally would have been rejected. It's the next step
down academically (SLCC) and the more expensive alternative that keeps you in
SLC (Westminster) that will take the bigger hit. Southern Utah, USU, Dixie,
Snow, wtc will all be harder hit than UofU as well...
Since there isn't going to be a 9-story MTC in Provo, maybe this dorm could
be used as an MTC.
Otherwise the economy is fine in Price.
Well our Government (Although Totally Broke) is getting ready to implement a
Free Tuition Plan (up to 100K) for the children of illegals. Course the
Taxpayers will have to pony up the funds. Also they will continue
their spreading the wealth in providing Foreign Aid to the entire world,
including China - So many parents and their children up to their eye
balls in school debt and the college educated graduates can't find or buy a
job in the field they went to school for. But they better find a way to keep
paying as jail is now an option for non-payment of school loans
If the board of regents has any sense they would have shuttered the school
several years ago. Think about it - a college in Price Utah? The only kids who
go there now are those playing sports and locals.
No one is asking the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints(LDS) to pay
money for reduced enrollment. I find it funny that a lot of comments seem to be
defending the LDS church for its decision to send missionaries at a younger age.
Some even talking about how somehow it will benefit the society and universities
in the long run. What this brings up is simply an interesting issue not entirely
unique to Utah and the surrounding region. When a dominant faith that has
members equaling to possibly half the population of a region changes policies it
will have some effect and not always a positive one. If the Word of Wisdom (LDS
commandments on health, cant drink Coffee tea Alcohol...) was dropped from being
a requirement Liquor laws in Utah may become more lenient. This is simply
looking at the effects an organization can have on a community positive or
negative. I like the change it allows for those who choose to go on missions to
get rid of that post high school, pre-mission year where you don't always
know what to do with yourself. It will effect Universities Possibly for the
@Barb Wire"Maybe $400 a month to finance a mission for 2 years is a
better deal for the parents at this stage."Not really, at least
not if they come back and then go to college anyway.
Each institution is going to have to cut personnel and a lot of hardworking
people are going to be out on the street. The church should donate the deficit
amount to each school, since it was their decision that will directly lead to
people losing their jobs.