Utah education leaders stress need for postsecondary education

Utah education leaders stress need for postsecondary education
Utah education leaders stress need for postsecondary education

At a recent roundtable discussion, leaders in the education field in Utah talked about the role that schooling will play in preparing the next generation of the state's workers, reports Utah Business.

The discussion panel included representatives from many of Utah's institutions of higher learning as well as businesspeople working in the communications and education industries. Members of the panel stressed that Utah is in a prime position to capitalize on the benefits of investment in postsecondary education, as the state has a relatively large youth population.

While those representing colleges and universities said that they were doing a good job of providing services to students despite state budget cuts, others stressed the need to pay special attention to the needs of those who are disadvantaged.

"It's possible if we’re not careful enough, we will develop a 'have' and 'have-not' society in our state because we aren't effective enough at reaching out to the under motivated and minority students," said Stephen Nadauld, the president of Dixie State College.

According to a 2010 report from the Deseret News, college enrollment in Utah recently reached record highs, with several institutions around the state saying that they have larger incoming classes of freshmen than ever before.

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