UT Loses Good Will

RECEIVED Tue., Feb. 9, 2010

Dear Editor,
    Who else presents short courses in billiards, skydiving, and animal CPR? Although I have taught through UT informal classes for the last three years, forfeiting this supplementary income is not my main concern with losing the program. Over the last 25 years or so, I have been enriched by dozens of classes. I understand the need for cutbacks, and they always hurt wherever they land. What I don’t understand is why informal classes can’t be saved through, say, a 10% fee increase. Wouldn’t that offset UT subsidies? Currently, courses require nominal fees, and from my casual polls, no one balked at paying a little more to preserve the option to take a cat massage class. I will glumly miss the one-stop-shopping for a gargantuan selection of topics and short workshops that easily tuck into tight schedules. I can’t bear the thought of losing this community treasure. UT loses some good will.
Andrea DeLong-Amaya
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