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USU's Institute of Government and Politics Makes Use of Common Hour

Thursday, Sep. 12, 2013


panel for USU IOGP common hour

A panel discussing higher education in Utah was featured in common hour Sept. 11. The discussion was sponsored by USU's Institute of Government and Politics.


Sen. Urquhart and a USU student

Sen. Urquhart talks with a USU student following the panel discussion.


Utah State University’s Institute of Government and Politics sponsored a panel discussion on higher education in Utah during the university’s common hour, Sept. 11, 2013.

Moderated by Utah State CHaSS associate dean Charlie Huenenman, the participants on the panel were USU Student Body President Doug Fiefia, Utah Sen. Urquhart (chair of the higher education subcommittee) and former Weber State University President Ann Millner.

“I think this is a great use of the common hour,” said Neil Abercrombie, director of the USU IOGP. “These types of panels give students an opportunity to engage directly with leaders creating policy impacting higher education.”

The panel discussion ranged from topics on tuition, on-line learning, preparing students for the workforce and the future challenges of public higher education. All questions for the panelists were submitted prior to the discussion from students.

The common hour is a student-based initiative that is open to all Aggies. The university keeps each Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. clear of classes and events to accommodate students who wish to attend the common hour.

Abercrombie hopes to work with ASUSU to schedule more panel discussions of this type for future common hours.

More information about the IOGP can be found at its website.

  
Contact: Neil Abercrombie neil.abercrombie@usu.edu





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