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Doug Robinson: Champion of the community college

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  • OHBU Columbus, OH
    Oct. 22, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    Good grief, this is the fourth article about how SLCC is so great for not becoming a University. Give it a rest. What these articles continue to overlook is the fact that Weber, UVU, and Dixie are still mandated to fulfill the role of community college--they are open enrollment and offer technical degrees. But they also provide the four-year degrees unavailable to students in those regions otherwise. Before becoming a University, there is a very limited selection of majors for students. Take Saint George for example--they have an extremely high rate of the population that only attained a two-year degree and then quit. Wanting to stay local, many people do not head off to a different University. With the increased admission standards at SUU, Dixie stepped up to provide a complete educational opportunity for its students. SLCC is surrounded by other universities, so there is no need to become one. UVU provides that open-enrollment four-year opportunity for SLCC graduates. The issue is geographical, not ideological.

  • Enough is enough! Saint George, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    “Utah was losing their community colleges; everyone wanted to grow up to be a University of Utah,” says Bioteau. NOT BY A LONG SHOT does EVERYONE want to be a University of Utah!!! Oh, please.

    @OHBU: exactly right. Weber, UVU and Dixie still have two-year degrees AND can offer university degrees. They have technical programs. Dixie has some courses that are only offered on a few campuses in the nation. Everyone wins.

    Ms. Bioteau is to be commended. Sounds like SLCC has truly lost a gem. Hope they find someone just as wonderful to take her place.