“Higher Ed 101” David L. Buhler, Commissioner of Higher Education November 14, 2012
• Overview of Higher Education in Utah• Role of the Utah System of Higher Education • Benefits of the System Approach• Structure of USHE • State Board of Regents • Institution Boards of Trustees • Operations• Legislative Contacts
Utah’s Eight Public Colleges & Universities Research Universities • University of Utah (Flagship) – medical school, law school, pharmacy school, etc. • Utah State University (Land Grant) – includes regional campuses Regional Universities/Colleges • Weber State University • Utah Valley University • Southern Utah University (Liberal Arts & Sciences) •Dixie State College Community Colleges • Snow College • Salt Lake Community College
Fall 2012 Enrollment Institution Budget-Related FTE Total Headcount U of U 26,966 32,398 USU 19,296 28,786 WSU 14,233 26,681 SUU 6,193 8,297 Snow 3,306 4,599 DSC 6,287 8,863 UVU 19,117 31,556 SLCC 15,361 30,112 USHE Total 110,760 171,292
Higher Ed Fuels the State’s Economy 2011 Degrees & Credentials • Certificates; 2,152 • Associates: 10,067 • Bachelors: 13,699 • Masters, PhD, Prof: 4,058 Space Inventory • 25,047,104 square feet (67% of state inventory) Funding per FTE • Tuition = 51% • Taxes = 49%
Higher Ed is a Major Employer USHE Institutions 33,162 Tax funded: 15,204 Other: 17,958 Intermountain Healthcare: 32,000 State of Utah: 25,000 Hill Air Force Base: 15,000 Wal-Mart (in Utah): 20,000
Utah Code 53B-1-101 To provide high quality, efficient, and economical public system of higher education through centralized direction and master planning To avoid unnecessary duplication To provide coordination and consolidation To provide systematic development of the roles of each institution
Benefits of the System Approach Accountability & Transparency Data collection Statewide policies Transferability Common course names & numbers Efficiency Concurrent Enrollment Sharing best practices Societal value of higher education Higher incomes/less unemployment Contribute to tax base Non-monetary benefits
Structure of the Utah System of Higher Education
State Board of Regents 19 members 16 appointed by the Governor 3 non-voting (State Board of Ed, UCAT) Geographic diversity required
State Board of Regents Responsibilities Presidential appointments & evaluations Program & mission approval Unified Budget Request Prioritize for system with input from presidents Prioritize Capital Facilities Request Set tuition Statewide policies Statewide programs Scholarships Financial aid Access & outreach Strategic Planning Implementation of Utah’s 66% goal
Institution Boards of Trustees Appointed by the Governor 10 members per institution USU has 11 members, 1 representing USU-Eastern Responsibilities Sit on presidential search committee; consult with regents on selection Review & approve institution policies Review & approve president recommendations on institution budget Review & approve institution requests on new programs; forward to regents Review & approve president recommendations on capital facilities development, prior to submission to regents Review institutional strategic plans, including academic programs, land acquisitions, technology; submit to regents
USHE Operations Legislature appropriates budget & adopts laws for operation of higher education We are happy to work with you on any legislation impacting Higher Education you’re considering
Legislative Contacts Institution President Legislative Liaison USHE David Buhler Spencer Jenkins (Commissioner) U of U David Pershing Jason Perry USU Stan Albrecht Neil Abercrombie WSU Ann Millner/Chuck Wight Brad Mortensen Chris Millard SUU Michael Benson Dorian Page Snow Scott Wyatt Rick Wheeler DSC Stephen Nadauld Frank Lojko UVU Matthew Holland Cameron Martin SLCC Cynthia Bioteau Tim Sheehan
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