Public and higher education officials are lobbying the House to reject a proposed constitutional amendment to cap state expenditures, arguing it would hamstring efforts to accommodate an ever-growing number of students.
If it became law, House Joint Resolution 37 could make it impossible for the state to dramatically increase higher education attainment levels envisioned in a recently adopted plan, according to Commissioner of Higher Education William Sederburg. The HigherEd Utah 2020 plan calls for growing college enrollments by more than 100,000 over the next decade.
"In order to achieve 66 percent of our future work force with some sort of post-secondary credential or degree by the year 2020, it is essential for our institutions to grow at a faster rate than the state funding allowed in the resolution," Sederburg said in a joint news release with the Utah Office of Education. "To pass an amendment like this would greatly limit the ability of Utah to achieve economic prosperity."