Outcomes of USHE’s Outreach & Access College Access Challenge Initiative

Since 2008, the Commissioner’s Office of the Utah System of Higher Education has implemented the College Access Challenge Strategy focused on better informing students and parents on college and career preparation. The strategy consists of several initiatives aimed at increasing the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education, especially low-income and first-generation students. These […]

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 […]

2016 StepUp to Higher Education College Guide to be distributed to 85,000 Utah students

StepUp to Higher Education, an outreach initiative of the Utah System of Higher Education, recently completed the 2016 College Guide. This guide—the fifth StepUp has done—will be distributed to Utah high school students through the High School Tour, where representatives from all nonprofit colleges and universities in Utah go to Utah high schools to educate these students […]

USHE and UHEAA “StepUp” efforts to increase college readiness in Utah

This past year, the Utah System of Higher Education’s outreach and access department, along with the Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (UHEAA)’s outreach, have worked together to increase college readiness among Utah’s high school students through the StepUp to Higher Education social awareness campaign. StepUp encourages all Utah students to dream big about their futures, and then act […]

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 […]

USHE encourages kids to dream big at local festival

On June 11, the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) participated in the KSL Read Today Summer Book Festival, which partnered with the Salt Lake City Police Department at the Five-O-Fest. The local festival for youth and their families was held on the plaza of the Public Safety building in downtown Salt Lake City with […]

2016-17 StepUP READY Grant application now available

The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) invites grant applications from partnerships between school districts/local education authorities (LEAs) and Utah not-for-profit higher education institutions in an effort to increase the number of Utah’s public high school students who graduate college-ready and enroll in a post-secondary institution. All grants require a robust partnership between the LEAs […]

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 StepUp READY Grant Awards Announced

The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) has announced awards for the StepUp READY mini-grant program (up to $75,000). This is the second year of mini-grants awarded to projects based on partnerships between local school districts and Utah higher education institutions. The purpose of the grants is to increase the number of Utah’s public high […]