Higher education leads to increased earnings, supports Utah’s society, and economy

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Utahns who earn certificates or degrees at institutions within the Utah System of Higher Education experience increased income, expanded employment opportunities, and improved health outcomes according to a recent brief from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. The brief not only presents compelling data on the personal advantages of higher education but also highlights the […]

New Concurrent Enrollment data released, Utah students save millions on tuition

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More than 50 thousand Utah high school students from public, charter, and private schools around the state participated in Concurrent Enrollment during the 2022-23 school year and saved more than $86 million in tuition costs. Thanks to the robust partnership between the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah System of Higher Education, the […]

2024 Legislative Update: Week 6

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February 20 – 23, 2024 Executive Appropriations Subcommittee On February 23, the Executive Appropriations Committee adopted the FY 2024 and FY 2025 budget projections and took action to adopt proposed funding items and intent language for the 2024 General Session budget. See the EAC’s proposed funding items and the list of consolidated motions. View All Previous HEAS Agendas & Materials View All Previous […]

2024 Legislative Update: Week 5

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February 12–16, 2024 Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee and Executive Appropriations Subcommittee The Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee has concluded its meetings for the 2024 General Session. Representative Karen Peterson (HEAS House Chair), Representative Neil Walter (HEAS House Vice Chair), and Senator Keith Grover (HEAS Senate Chair) presented the HEAS committee recommendations to the Executive Appropriations Committee on February 13. View All Previous […]

Pursuing Education While Incarcerated, Findings from the 2023 Higher Education and Corrections Council Annual Report

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Inmates in Utah can reach education goals while incarcerated. Several Utah System of Higher Education institutions provide accredited courses to Utah Department of Corrections inmates. Davis Technical College, Uintah Basin Technical College, and Snow College offer programs for inmates to earn technical certificates at UDC facilities across the state. Salt Lake Community College offers additional […]

2024 Legislative Update: Week 4

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February 5-9, 2024 Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee On Monday, February 5, the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee heard presentations on the higher education space utilization master plan, Concurrent Enrollment, my529, simplified admissions, and state-funded financial aid.   HEAS also heard the following requests for appropriations:  On February 7, HEAS approved motions related to the Chairs’ proposed reductions and increases, proposed adjustments to […]

2024 Legislative Update: Week 3

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January 29 – February 2, 2024 Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee & Infrastructure and General Government Appropriations Subcommittee The Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee heard institutional presentations from the University of Utah, Utah State University, and Utah Tech University. Utah State University and the University of Utah also jointly facilitated a presentation on the impact of research from R1 institutions. The committee heard a […]

2024 Legislative Update: Week 2

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January 22-26, 2024 Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee The Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee heard presentations from all eight USHE technical colleges (Bridgerland Tech, Davis Tech, Dixie Tech, Mountainland Tech, Ogden-Weber Tech, Southwest Tech, Tooele Tech, Uintah Basin Tech) and from Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Weber State University, Utah Valley University, and Southern Utah University during the second week. The remaining institutions are expected to present in upcoming […]

2024 Legislative Update: Week 1

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January 16-19, 2024 Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee On Thursday, January 18, the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee convened its first meeting of the 2024 legislative session. Presentations included an overview of the Utah System of Higher Education and Talent Ready Utah.  Members of the HEAS voted unanimously to include the Board of Higher Education’s prioritized requests for appropriations in the subcommittee’s list of […]