Many colleges in Utah now provide distance learning opportunities to students, like the University of Utah, which offers online, hybrid and flipped courses. High school students can also take advanced courses via satellite or interactive television. Utah’s Electronic High School offers distance classes for students needing to make up lost credits or interested in an accelerated path towards graduation.
Tuition costs at public two-year schools in Utah have increased 22% over the past five years, slightly above the 17% national average. Between 2004 and 2014, tuition at public two-year schools in Utah rose 36%, and public four-year schools experienced a 50% increased tuition during the same period. Tuition inflation costs can be partially credited to the 25.5% decreased state funding for higher education between 2008 and 2014.
State lawmakers have discussed the benefits of incentivising students to enroll in programs that lead them towards Utah careers that provide the state an economic boon. Despite rising tuition expenses, enrollment in Utah colleges is still increasing. Between 2002 and 2012 enrollment in Utah public schools increased 23%, slightly higher than the 19% increased national average. Utah’s four-year schools have a graduation rate of 50.6%, with a 76.7% first-year student retention rate.
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