Commencement 2019: DSU, U of U, USU, and SUU graduation recap

Last week, Utah’s colleges and universities celebrated the accomplishments of their graduates with commencement ceremonies. This week, we will be highlighting graduation photos from institutions in the Utah System of Higher Education in two installments. The rest of the institutions will be highlighted on Thursday. Dixie State University: 1,927 graduates Certificates: 311 Associate: 904 Bachelor’s: […]

Gen Z: Three takeaways on the new generation of college students

A recent report by the Chronicle of Higher Education entitled The New Generation of Students discussed the differences in the newest generation hitting college campuses: Generation Z. Born between approximately 1995 and 2012, these new traditionally-aged college students are markedly different from generations even in the recent past when it comes to diversity, attitudes about […]

Trending in higher ed: Competency-based Education

What is Competency-based Education? Competency-based Education takes into account prior learning and is based on students’ mastery of knowledge or proficiency, skills, and abilities in a subject, rather than relying on a traditional, time-based learning structure which revolves around credit hours and grades. Through CBE, students progress through curriculum at their own pace, and as […]

By 2065, the share of Utah’s minority population will increase to 35%

According to a report from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, the share of Utah’s minority population will increase from approximately 20% in 2015 to 35% in 2065. Half of Utah’s population growth in this time span will come from minority populations. Among minority populations, Hispanics show the largest increase numerically with 850,000 new Utah […]

Sexual Assault Awareness Month at USHE institutions

As sexual assault continues to be a significant issue, Utah System of Higher Education institutions held events during the month of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, to raise awareness of campus sexual assault. Below is a snapshot of some of the efforts. University of Utah University of Utah events throughout the month focused […]

Trends in Higher Education: College Promise Programs

College promise programs have spread throughout the nation as a way for individual institutions and states to expand access to higher education for students with demonstrated need. The goal of college promise programs is to cover the cost of college for qualifying students when other types of aid, such as federal and state grants, fall […]

How is USHE working to help increase graduation rates?

According to an analysis by the Chronicle of Higher Education of U.S. Department of Education data on 2017 graduation rates, the University of Utah made the top 100 institutions with the best graduation rates in the nation compared to other public four-year institutions. The analysis shows that within six years, the U had a 67.4% […]

Trending in Higher Ed: Open Educational Resources

The cost of textbooks has risen at more than four times the rate of inflation in the past decade, and the use of access codes for associated online materials (that then expire at the end of the term) undermine the rental and used-book marketplace. As the cost of attending college remains a key issue for […]

USHE institutions lecture on sustainability and practice it too

Communities around the world are set to celebrate and advocate for Earth Day on April 22. Utah System of Higher Education institutions and their communities realize the importance of sustainable practices. Currently, no systemwide policy exists surrounding sustainability on USHE campuses, but each institution has implemented their own set of important measures. Here’s a snapshot […]