Solutions for Higher Education engages in deeper reflection of critical issues in the world of colleges and universities.
In Episode 5, President Scott L Wyatt and Professor Steve Meredith discuss the cost of tuition and why it’s risen in the United States.
As stated in Episode 3, going to college to get your associate’s degree and higher will pay off for a lifetime. Utah has the third lowest tuition in the nation and SUU’s tuition is about a third less than the national average. In the podcast, Wyatt is very clear that he is working hard to keep costs down.
When SUU started in 1897, there were four faculty members for the 161 students enrolled. As the university grew, faculty grew. Around 1980, the global culture of universities shifted to providing learning resources to students, which in turn increased the necessary staff positions. Services in developmental math, language, tutoring, counseling, career advising, were added and staff members were hired to run these offices.
The target audience attending higher education also shifted. Today, universities are expected to be actively involved in community initiatives and the economic development of the surrounding areas. Some communities don’t have the resources available to take care of the college population, so SUU provides their own police department, mental health counselors, and a variety of other services.
President Wyatt is grateful for everyone’s support of SUU and acknowledges that the cost of educating students has gone up. The combined help of students and community to pay for these growing costs will keep SUU on track to achieve its mission.
Listen to Episode 5 here: https://www.suu.edu/presidentspodcast/