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 […]

USHE provides over 70% of Career and 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. By providing over 70 percent of CTE in Utah, the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) plays a critical role in bringing CTE to all […]

Engineering and Computer Technology Initiative receives new funding

In 2001 the Legislature established an Engineering and Computer Technology Initiative within the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) to increase the number of students graduating from engineering, computer science, and related technology programs. During the past 14 years, the initiative has increased awards in these areas by nearly 27,000 degrees within USHE, making a […]

New study projects ROI for public colleges will surpass private colleges by 24% in 2025

The latest report from Payscale.com compares the projected return on investment (ROI) of a college education from public versus private colleges. While a degree from both types of institutions provides an ROI greater than just a high school diploma, the gap between the ROI of  a public institution and a private one continues to grow. Payscale […]

Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership announces $3.45M in 2015 grant funding available

The Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership (UCAP) program provides funding to public colleges and universities and applied technology colleges—and now also K-12 school districts, charters and individual schools—to develop, implement, or enhance educational programs in direct response to regional and statewide industry needs. UCAP is a partnership between the Utah System of Higher Education, the Governor’s Office […]

Modern STEM facilities in higher education are critical to Utah’s future

Utah’s STEM industries are growing (STEM=Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, most job growth since the Great Recession occurred in the STEM fields. We know STEM jobs work: • STEM workers earn higher wages than other degree holders. • STEM job growth rapidly outpaces that of other industries. • STEM […]

STEM interest and achievement among Utah’s 2014 high school grads

Last week, ACT published a report titled The Condition of STEM 2014, in which they analyzed data from 2014 high school graduates who took the ACT. In addition to looking at the achievement of College Readiness Benchmarks, ACT also took into account survey data on student interests that accompany the ACT test, to determine student attitudes and achievement […]

Regents prioritize STEM building proposals in support of state’s economic priorities

The Board of Regents met on Wednesday, August 19  to prioritize this year’s capital development requests from USHE institutions in preparation for the 2015 legislative session.  This year, the board has made STEM its top priority (STEM=Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The 2015 top USHE capital facilities priorities: University of Utah – Crocker Science Building Snow […]