“It’s going to hurt,” said Idaho State University President Kevin Satterlee, acknowledging the possibility that the freeze will force staff and program cuts. “But it’s the right thing to do.”
Coronavirus protocols will remain in effect “as long as circumstances require,” such as mask mandates and contact tracing.
The Legislature will still need to pass a higher education spending bill — and in 2020, it took three tries to pass a budget over objections from House conservatives.
The application process isn’t finished, but the numbers could foreshadow more bad news about Idaho college enrollment.
Idaho’s taxpayer-funded dual credit program has grown rapidly — that is, before the pandemic. Gov. Brad Little thinks it’s just a one-year blip, and he isn’t alone.
This fall Idaho’s “go-on rates” decreased in every demographic group — including crucial demographics, such as Hispanic students and students from low-income households.