In a national context: Utah’s growing opportunity gap

At the August Board of Regents meeting, the new Workforce, Access, and Advocacy Committee tasked the Commissioner’s office with taking a closer look at data on Utah’s growing opportunity gap. Further evaluation of this gap will help to identify statewide strategies that address barriers for minority populations to access and complete postsecondary educational opportunities.

Utah Educational Savings Plan receives Morningstar Gold rating five years in a row

Utah Educational Savings Plan. Save for college. Inspire their future.

The Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP), Utah’s official 529 college savings program, received the highest stamp of approval from Morningstar Inc., a leading provider of independent investment research, for the fifth consecutive year. Of 63 plans Morningstar analyzed, UESP was one of only four to receive a Morningstar Analyst Rating™ of Gold in 2015, indicating […]

Upcoming and recent changes to the FAFSA

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which is the application that college students fill out to see if they qualify for financial aid, will undergo a major change starting October 2016. Currently, college students and parents use tax data from the previous year in their FAFSA; starting next October, students and parents will […]

Utah Council of Education Deans presents 2015 Friend of Education Award to Dr. Teddi Safman

At the annual conference of the Utah Council of Education Deans earlier this month, Dr. Teddi Safman, Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs for the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE), was presented with the first-ever 2015 Friend of Education Award. This is due to her leadership and work on teacher preparation, common course articulation across Utah campuses, […]

Fifth-annual “Expect the Great” hosted by Weber State University

The fifth-annual “Expect the Great” college and career fair was held on October 10 at Weber State University (WSU). The free event is a college and career awareness conference targeting members of the African, African-American and black communities to provide information, resources and other support to increase college participation, retention and graduation. Workshops included: Applying […]