2018 Legislative Update – Week 1

The 45-day 2018 Legislative Session commenced on Monday, January 22, 2018. With over 1,200 legislative bills filled, several are expected to impact Utah’s public colleges and universities. The early weeks of the session focus on the budget and capital development priorities; however, several pieces of legislation are up for consideration. 2018-19 Budget According to the […]

SLCC Among Nation’s Top ‘Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners’

Press Release Salt Lake City—The national magazine Washington Monthly has named Salt Lake Community College to its list of “Twelve Most Innovative Colleges for Adult Learners.” The list recognizes institutions that have adapted to better serve adults who are 25 and older, which is about 40 percent of college enrollment on average around the country. […]

Introducing the 2017-18 Student Body Presidents

As the 2016-2017 academic year comes to an end, new Student Body Presidents have been elected at USHE’s colleges and universities. The Student Body Presidents, elected by their student peers, will serve during the 2017-18 academic year. The presidents, together, form the leadership for the statewide student association that advocates on behalf of students on […]

New national data shows 1 in 5 USHE students transfer institutions

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) within the United States Department of Education. It is considered one of the primary sources for postsecondary data. For example, the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) uses IPEDS data to measure […]

Strategic Workforce Investment encourages “stackable” academic programs to meet regional workforce needs

SB 103, Strategic Workforce Investments initiative, sponsored by Sen. Ann Millner, creates an incentive program for Utah’s public colleges and universities to regionally expand educational capacity for workforce development in a high-need strategic cluster that prepares students for high-growth and high-wage occupations. This program received an initial $1.5 million in ongoing funds in the 2016 Legislative […]

Students can finish general ed requirements and easily transfer institutions using certificates of completion

General education is a required component of any associate (AA/AS) or bachelor’s degree in Utah’s public colleges and universities. Students must take at least 27 college credits in core courses such as English, math, science, and history to complete their general education requirements. General education courses help students become well-rounded, expose them to different subjects, and ensure they have a […]

USHE institutions provide most of the post-secondary career & technical education in Utah

Career and Technical Education (CTE) consists of technical training and education in shorter intervals–from less than one year to two years–and prepares students for specific skills needed to enter the workforce. Institutions within the Utah System of Higher Education provide 73.4% of all post secondary CTE in Utah. By providing over 70 percent of CTE in Utah, […]

Utah receives grant from National Governors Association to work on replicating Utah Aerospace Pathways project in other industries

Last week, the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices announced six states—Indiana, Iowa, Montana, New Hampshire, Utah and Washington—will participate in the 2016 Policy Academy on Scaling Work-Based Learning. The 18-month leadership program focuses on helping state teams incorporate work-based learning into their overall talent pipeline as a way to establish clear career […]

How often do students transfer institutions before college graduation?

Approximately half of USHE students attend more than one institution before graduation. (This does not include students taking Concurrent Enrollment courses in high school.) USHE students attend more than one institution at a higher rate than the national average of 32%. < Transfer from 2-year to 4-year institutions For students who transfer after completing a two-year degree, […]