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Key Elements of Student Success in Utah Higher Education


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Utah State Legislature Education Task Force, June 26, 2013

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Key Elements of Student Success in Utah Higher Education

  1. 1. Key Elements Contributing toHigh Student AchievementDavid L. BuhlerCommissioner of Higher EducationJune 26, 2013
  2. 2. Utah Code 53B-1-101 To provide high quality, efficient, and economicalpublic system of higher education through centralizeddirection and master planning To avoid unnecessary duplication To provide coordination and consolidation To provide systematic development of the roles ofeach institution
  3. 3. Key Elements of Student Success• Market-driven• Affordable (efficient)• Leverages technology• Innovative• Capacity to accommodate more growth• Strong state support
  4. 4. Market-driven Students can choose where to attend college Public vs. private In-state vs. out-of-state Institutions compete nationally for faculty and staff Differential market pay Industry influence through program advisory boards andpartnerships
  5. 5. Affordable for students Attending college in Utah is the 3rd lowest in total costto families in the country Lowest student debt in the nation: 52% of students borrowing Average debt of $15,509 upon graduation is half of nationalaverage. Lowest loan default rate in the nation 2nd Lowest cost per completion nationallySource: Chronicle of Higher Education (
  6. 6. Leverage technology effectivelyEmerging vs. Proven technologies Online Hybrid “Flipped” classrooms Math and writing “Emporiums” Open sourced curriculum (MOOCs)
  7. 7. …some examples4-foldIncrease in distance-deliveredcourses in past 10 yrs.42%Enrollment increase in onlinecourses since 20051 in 5Students take an online course2/3Of students participate in someform of technology-deliveredinstruction49Degrees/certificates availableonline(12 Master’s)$600,000Savings from Library Consortium -over 15,000 resources onlinewi-fi, webmail for all students/faculty/staff, student progress andnotification, emergency messaging, open source materials, electroniccourse materials, approval/signature systems, accounting,
  8. 8. Innovative: We can’t do everything the same way forstudents Encouraging college preparation in highschool Technological change Implementing strategies to improvecompletion Focusing on high demand areas…Capacity issues
  9. 9. Fall 2012 – Student EnrollmentSource: USHE (Board of Regents Meeting, November 12, 2012)Institution Budget-Related FTE Total HeadcountU of U 26,966 32,398USU 19,296 28,786WSU 14,233 26,681SUU 6,193 8,297Snow 3,306 4,599DSC 6,287 8,863UVU 19,117 31,556SLCC 15,361 30,112USHE Total 110,760 171,292
  10. 10. Capacity: 10-yr. Projected Student EnrollmentSource: USHE (Board of Regents Meeting, May 17, 2013)050,000100,000150,000200,000250,0002012-13 2022-23Fall Semester Headcount29% Increase
  11. 11. • Tax funding per full-time students has decreased $1,754.• With tuition, total funding per full-time student has decreased $642.(*Projected May 2013)Partnership between State and Higher Ed iscritical to maintaining affordabilityFunding per Student FTEFY 2008Tax Funds63%Tuition37%Funding per Student FTEFY 2013*Tax Funds49%Tuition51%
  12. 12. State Support is CriticalSources: State Higher Education Executive Officers ( Board ( 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%ColoradoNevadaArizonaArkansasVirginiaVermontMassachusettsFloridaTennesseeUtahTuition per FTE State/Local Appropriation per FTE2012-13 Tuition(4-yr institution)$5,595$7,676$6,232$10,619$13,582$9,907$6,968$9,729$6,371$8,416Tuition vs. State/Local Appropriation
  13. 13. State support is critical for students: Helps keep college affordable for Utahns Encourages college preparation A well-educated workforce is critical for futuregenerations
  14. 14. Thank You