College Access Advisors
Under the direction of the Board of Regents, every high school in Utah will have a full-time, permanent college access advisor by the 2021-2022 school year, contingent on legislative funding. As the program is implemented across the state, it will be regionally integrated into local public colleges and universities to tie in with their programming and college access efforts.
UtahFutures.org is Utah’s career information system for students, job seekers, employment service providers, educational institutions and more. UtahFutures features cutting-edge career planning tools, leading labor market information, job search success skills, education and training options, and direct links to Utah employers and current employment opportunities.
WICHE Professional Student Exchange Program
The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) Professional Student Exchange Program enables students in 11 western states to enroll in selected out-of-state professional programs usually because those fields of study are not available at public institutions in their home states.
T.H. Bell Education Scholarship Program
The Terrel H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan Program transitioned to the Terrel H. Education Scholarship Program on July 1, 2019. Awards distributed prior to July 1, 2019, are forgivable loans and after July 1, 2019, are scholarships.
Prior Learning Assessment
The USHE Board of Regents Academic and Student Affairs Committee recently recommended approval of R472 Credit for Prior Learning, which will be voted on by the Board at the November 15th Board of Regents meeting.
USHE works with state and institutional data offices to track and report the workforce outcomes of students who attend Utah public colleges and universities.
Workforce outcome data includes wage information, job placement rates, and industry of employment the first year after receiving a postsecondary award.
Student safety is an ongoing priority effort of USHE institutions and the Board of Regents. Alongside federal statutes including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Board adopted a student safety policy in 2015 to ensure consistent reporting and putting resources towards best practices.
USHE institutions have implemented extensive policies, programs and partnerships to make USHE campuses safe. SB 134 (2019) enacted additional reporting requirements and trainings for students groups.
Utah Transfer Guide
The USHE Board of Regents has made it a priority to assist students in completing degrees and certificates quickly and affordably by ensuring that the academic credits they earn will transfer as seamlessly as possible between USHE institutions. Utah has a common course numbering system and policies guiding the transfer of credits between USHE institutions. New priority strategies include the creation of a Regents Transfer Council to determine transfer standards and best practices, improvements to existing transfer policies, and an upgraded electronic Utah Transfer Guide to help students make informed decisions about their transfer options. Major Committees, comprised of faculty from across the USHE institutions, will be aligning degree pathway articulations to help academic programs ensure quality, efficiency, and transferability of degree pathways and to make it easier for students to stay on track for graduation after transfer.