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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Go big, or go home

We have been very excited about moving forward with our plans to construct Huntsman Hall, but along with that progress we’ve had a nagging feeling that we could do better. We have the funds to construct a beautiful 85,000-square-feet building. Our projections, however, indicate that to really meet our anticipated needs for the next 15 years or so, we should be building a 120,000-square-foot building.
Ken Snyder

We were discussing this shortfall with one of our major donors who is also a member of our National Advisory Board. He told us that we should “go big, or go home.” He encouraged us to raise an additional $8 to 10 million so we create the space we need for our students. So, we have decided to try to do just that.

Does this mean that the construction of the building will be delayed while we come up with this additional cash? No. Our plan is to raise the extra money in the next six to seven months so that we’ll be able to stay on our original schedule.

Next week I’ll write about how we plan to do that but, in the meantime, those of you who might have $8 to 10 million available that you’d like to invest in our students, we invite you to step forward. The way we see it, this is truly the time to “Go big, or go home” and we need your help to do that.

- Ken Snyder


  1. The construction and repair of private homes, an hard work the communist government hopes will lead to better use of limited money and stimulate private enterprise.

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  2. Instead of building a bigger building? How about taking the extra money and dropping the differential tuition!

  3. e:

    Attending the business school is a decision free from coercion. No one forces students to study at USU or the Huntsman School of Business. Students make relatively rational decisions about their education, its associated costs, and benefits of learning and earning a degree from the institution they choose.

    Part of the decision process is the cost of the education. Students who feel the benefits of attaining a business degree through the business school don't outweigh the costs associated with earning that degree are wise to study elsewhere. As a current student of the business school, I have seen substantial improvements in the quality of both the education and offerings available at the Huntsman School directly related to differential tuition. I feel paying the added costs is well worth the additional benefits -- especially in an economy that is growing increasingly competitive.

    It appears as though other students are taking note of these improvements as well. In fact, I believe I recently read that USU's business school has a faster growing enrollment than any other college on campus. Apparently other students feel the added benefits from differential tuition outweigh the marginal costs.

  4. Good luck! I think that is a great decision.

  5. We're excited for the future. A and Dylanarman, We would love to hear from you. Please feel free to give us feedback on how we are doing at