Does every college in Utah need NCAA athletics?

by Dan Burton and Shon Harris Does every Utah institution of higher education need NCAA sports? Let us put that differently: should students and taxpayers be subsidizing NCAA sports in Utah to the tune of $56M or could that money be prioritized for other needs, such as lowering student costs and fees? A couple weeks ago (or more, but we’re slow, okay?) the Utah State Auditor’s office released an analysis of subsidization of the NCAA by Utah, and it had all the impact of a bird pooping on the shiny glass of the Tower at Rice-Eccles Stadium.…

Minutes for Education Interim Committee on Wednesday, Sep. 17, 2014 [UPH Wire]

MINUTES OF THE EDUCATION INTERIM COMMITTEE Wednesday, September 17, 2014 – 2:30 p.m. – Room 30 House Building     Members Present: Sen. Stuart C. Reid, Senate Chair Rep. Francis D. Gibson, House Chair Sen. Patricia W. Jones Sen. Howard A. Stephenson Rep. Patrice M. Arent Rep. Rebecca P. Edwards Rep. Steve Eliason Rep. Bradley G. Last Rep. David E. Lifferth Rep. Daniel McCay Rep. Carol Spackman Moss Rep. Jim Nielson Rep. Val L. Peterson Rep. Marie H. Poulson Rep. Dean Sanpei Rep. V. Lowry Snow Rep. Keven J. Stratton…

What should Utah do with USTAR?

In 2006, business leaders and the Presidents of Utah‘s two Research Universities University of Utah and Utah State University embarked on a big initiative called USTAR. The value proposition was that if Utah were willing to invest in University research, best in class research teams from all over the world would migrate here and bring with them large federal grants/money that could be spent in Utah. That research would give valuable experience to student assistants and could in turn result in patents and products that would lead to new companies…