Issue Brief: Developmental Education in Utah

The number of high school students who enroll in college after graduation has been on the rise the past several years. Many students, however, are surprised when they take placement tests and must enroll in developmental courses. This detour from college-level courses can be costly in terms of both time and money. Unfortunately, it often […]

Higher ed in Utah is efficient, innovative and collaborative

*This op-ed from Commissioner David Buhler ran in the Deseret News on Sunday, February 26, 2017. In response to the recent editorial in the Deseret News, Utahns can be pleased that our eight public colleges and universities are the envy of the nation when it comes to scalable collaboration, innovation, and efficiency. Part of what […]

Need for mental health services increases across Utah, including on higher ed campuses

There’s been a marked increase in Utahns seeking mental health services in recent years. This increase is exacerbated by a shortage of mental health professionals in Utah, especially in rural areas, and difficulty recruiting and retaining qualified professionals. In fact, most states have serious shortage issues for mental health professionals. Along with general statewide growth, there […]

Investment in a college degree pays off by age 34

It takes an average of 12 years to recoup the cost of getting a bachelor’s degree, according to a new report from The College Board. College graduates with a full-time job earn 67% more than high school graduates working full-time, according to the latest update, Education Pays 2016. This doesn’t include those who went on to […]

Students earning college credit in high school saves over $34 million in tuition

Since 1985, Utah has provided an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to take college courses while in high school. Through the Concurrent Enrollment program, students earn both high school credit for graduation and college credit corresponding to the first year at a college or university in the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). […]

Step2theU partnership offers early college option for Utah high school students

A new partnership between the University of Utah and Alta High School is the latest option Utah students have to earn college credit from a Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) institution while still in high school. Several USHE institutions have similar partnerships with area high schools to help students get going on college classes while […]

Concurrent enrollment not only saves students tuition, but improves college performance

Concurrent enrollment provides an opportunity for Utah high school juniors and seniors to earn college credit at a USHE institution while still in high school. Originated in 1985 in Utah by what is now Utah Valley University, the concurrent enrollment program was formally established by the Utah State Legislature in 1988. Concurrent enrollment is a valuable […]

10 takeaways from the NCES report: The Condition of Education 2016

The National Center for Education Statistics recently published its annual report, The Condition of Education 2016, which showcases national trends in education. Below are 10 higher education highlights from the report:  1. Employment outcomes vary by ethnicity/sex. 86% of all young adults ages 25-34 with a bachelor’s or higher degree were employed in 2014, yet employment outcomes differ by […]