2016 Annual USHE Scholarship Report

USHE’s annual Scholarship Report for 2016 is now available. The scholarship programs are administered by the Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education and funded by the Legislature. This year, the Regents’ Scholarship continued to see increased growth with an almost 12% increase in awards from last year, with a total of 3,270* students qualifying […]

ACT releases 2016 Condition of College and Career Readiness report

Today, ACT released the 2016 Condition of College and Career Readiness report, based on ACT test results for the 2016 graduating class. Utah is one of 20 states that allows students to take the ACT at no cost to the student during their junior year. Thus, 41,446 students in the 2016 graduating class have taken the ACT (817 more students […]

New report highlights the costs of college remediation

A new analysis from the advocacy group Education Reform Now reports more than half of college freshmen—approximately one in four students who enter college the fall after high school graduation—had to enroll in remedial coursework during their first year of college. A “remedial” course, sometimes known as a “developmental” course, is one that covers material […]

2016 Legislative Update – Week 7

The 2016 Legislature adjourned on March 10, 2016. News coverage summarizing the legislative session are available here, here, and here. The following is an unofficial summary of the 2016 Legislative Session related to the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). A formal report will be provided by the Commissioner at the meeting of the Board of […]

2016 Legislative Update – Week 3

Higher Education Budget The Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee met for its final scheduled hearing this week, focusing on the Board of Regents’ budget priorities for USHE. The committee also considered other budget requests from other legislative sponsors. After the Board’s budget priorities by Chair Dan Campbell and Commissioner Buhler, Senator Howard Stephenson commented, “To the […]

ACT releases latest College and Career Readiness report

Today, ACT released the 2015 Condition of College and Career Readiness report, based on ACT test results for the 2015 graduating class. Utah is one of 13 states that allows students to take the ACT for free during their junior year; thus, 40,629 students in the 2015 graduating class have taken the ACT. More students than ever […]

You’ve Applied for the Regents’ Scholarship. Now what?

Over 4,000 high school seniors from across the state applied for the Regents’ Scholarship by the February 1st deadline. This week, they are busy sending in final documents so they can be fully considered for the scholarship. The Regents’ Scholarship application process can be broken down into two parts: the initial review and the final […]

State Auditor publishes report on college prep and student success

The State Auditor’s Office released a report on the preparedness of college students as well as the success of students who attend USHE institutions. The report provides an independent analysis of the USHE data maintained by the Office of the Commissioner, which has been maintained since 1999 and provides foundational data for key reporting, including […]