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USHE Results

Ushe Awards by Institution Graph

Total Number of Awards by Year and Institution*

USHE’s system goal is to award 336,950 degrees and certificates between the 2010-11 and 2019-20 academic years. To meet this goal, USHE must award an additional 70,182 degrees and certificates over the next 2 years (35,091 per year).

*Source: IPEDS Completions Survey

Ushe goal is to have 75% of a high school graduating class enrolled in college within 5 years of graduating

High School Graduate Participation Rate in a USHE Institution

Due to Utah’s unique population, the rate of enrollment immediately after high school is not a good measure of college participation rates.  In order to measure the participation rate of High School graduates, USHE uses a 5-year rolling average to track progress.  The most recent 5-year rolling average is here.  USHE has set a goal to have 75% of the 2020 High School Graduating class enroll within 5 years of graduation.

Minorities make up 22% of Utah's population

Shares of Minority Population, Current and Projected

Utah’s population is projected to become increasingly diverse where the non-white ethnic groups will grow from approximately 22% of Utah’s total population to about 35% by the year 2065. There exists a gap between the state population (22%) and the rate at which people from these ethnically diverse groups enroll (19.9%) at USHE institutions. In order to maintain and increase Utah’s educated workforce, USHE will focus on closing the enrollment gap for these populations. Utah’s public postsecondary student body is almost 20% minority.

Ushe goal is to remain under 15% of median household income

Tuition as a Share of Median Household Income

USHE’s system goal is for tuition and fees rates to be no more than 15% of Utah’s median annual household income for research institutions, 10% for regional institutions, and 7% for community colleges.

The average published tuition and fees rate for research institutions is 12.74% of Utah’s median annual household income.

The average published tuition and fees rate for regional institutions is 9.03% of Utah’s median annual household income.

The average published tuition and fees rate for community colleges is 5.79% of Utah’s median annual household income.

16,636 students received an award within the 8 year window. 40.9% of enrolled students. 1,797 more students needed to receive an award. Goal: 45% of enrolled students.

Attainment Goal

USHE’s system goal is for 45% of all entering students to receive an award within 8 years by 2025.

Current 5-year average: 69.1%. Ushe's goal is to have 70& retention rate on the 5-year average by 2025

Retention

USHE’s goal is to increase the  5-year average Fall-to-Fall retention rate to 70% by 2025.

*Degree-seeking students only

22,000 degrees and certificates. During the 2017-2018 school year, USHE institutions awarded over 22,000 degrees and certificates in high-demand fields.

Share of High Demand Awards by Field of Study

High-demand awards are identified by mapping the award field to the occupations identified by DWS as high-paying and with strong future growth.

3,600 degrees and certificates. During the 2017-2018 school year, USHE institutions awarded over 3,600 degrees and certificates in teaching and mental health professions. 2,028 elementary and secondary teaching. 1,204 mental health.

Share of Completers in Teaching and Mental Health Fields

Labor market shortages exist in certain fields that are especially critical to the state’s education system.

High School Graduate Participation Rate in a USHE Institution

High School Graduate Participation Rate in a USHE Institution

USHE’s goal is for costs per award across the system to grow at or below 95% of the 5-year average HEPI.

USHE Space Utilization Graph

FY 2017 Space Utilization

The space utilization index considers both classroom usage and station occupancy. The goal is to have a system-wide utilization score of 22.5 by 2025.

USHE Data Book 2021

The Utah System of Higher Education collects data from the public institutions of higher education in the state to help in planning, management, and reporting. The USHE Data Book is an annual compilation published each spring since 2002.