Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
State of the Debate
George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

» E-mail

» Subscribe (RSS)

Editorials: Getting into college, and paying for it...

Above: "How I Got Into College," a pretty good little movie you've probably never heard of.

A decided collegiate tone to today's editorials:

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

- 1st step into college: State should pay for ACT tests - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

... For too many Utah teenagers, especially those from low-income homes, coming up with at least $34 to take the ACT is just the first hurdle on the road to a college degree. If that were removed, it might seem easier to overcome the next, and then the next.

But the legislation to make free college admission tests a reality did not make it through the final, hectic days of this year’s legislative session, although it had broad support.

So, the Utah State Board of Education is rightly considering the next-best thing: changing current rules to make the tests more widely available. Board members will present their plan to an interim education committee meeting in May to encourage legislators to pass the bill during a special session or in next year’s regular session. ...

- Smart borrowing: Student loans can bury graduates - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

... The price of a college degree, as any student or parent of a student can tell you, has gone up faster than the rate of just about anything except the amount of debt the average college student assumes on graduation day. ...

... The good news is that Utah graduates have the lowest debt on average in the nation — $15,509.

Some argue that borrowing to invest in a college degree will pay off in higher lifetime earnings. They say that working long hours while attending school to avoid debt is risky because students who work full time take longer to graduate and many never get degrees. And their academic performance and important social activities suffer.

Others take the position that student-loan debt is an ugly albatross that should be avoided at all costs.

So what’s a college student to do?

Not surprisingly, education is the key to sensible borrowing. ...


- The next financial crisis - Scripps Howard Editorial/via Ogden Standard-Examiner

- We’ll all wind up paying for huge student debt - Chicago Sun-Times Editoria

- Awash in student debt: Dedham (Mass.) Transcript Editorial

- College credits boost high schoolers' transcripts and futures - Portland Oregonian Editorial

- Is fighting Colorado wildfires a function of higher ed? - Denver Post Editorial

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.

  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.