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Hits and misses for higher ed at Utah Legislature this year
First Published Mar 15 2013 01:06 pm • Last Updated Mar 15 2013 01:06 pm

Utah lawmakers didn’t set aside $20 million for the governor’s goal of having 66 percent of Utahns with post-secondary education by 2020, but they did allot $10 million for more medical school students at the University of Utah.

In the 2013 session that ended Thursday, the state’s public colleges and universities got $18 million overall, and the Utah College of Applied Technology got $5 million, about half of its request, to expand its eight campuses.

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Approved projects included a $53.2 million classroom building at Utah Valley University, a $61 million science building at Weber State, graduate programs at Utah State and $1.5 million for Dixie State’s transition to university status.

A 1 percent pay increase for higher education employees was funded, along with their benefit cost increases.

Lawmakers also approved a bill removing limits on the number of out-of-state tuition waivers schools can offer and raised the bar on college students with state-funded scholarships, which also got more money this year.

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