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Overview of Utah's System of Higher Education


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Financial Aid Directors Forum
March 15, 2013

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Overview of Utah's System of Higher Education

  1. 1. David L. Buhler, Commissioner of Higher EducationUtah Financial Aid Directors ForumMarch 15, 2013
  2. 2. Overview of Higher Educationin Utah
  3. 3. Research Universities•University of Utah (Flagship)–medical school, law school, pharmacy school, etc.•Utah State University (Land Grant)–includes regional campusesRegional Universities•Weber State University•Utah Valley University•Southern Utah University (Liberal Arts & Sciences)•Dixie State UniversityCommunity Colleges•Snow College•Salt Lake Community CollegeUtah’s Eight Public Colleges & Universities
  4. 4. Fall 2012 EnrollmentInstitution 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 4,599DSU 6,287 8,863UVU 19,117 31,556SLCC 15,361 30,112USHE Total 110,760 171,292
  5. 5. Geographic Makeup of Utah College StudentsInstitution HomeCounty% fromHomeCounty% OtherUtah% Out ofState/U.S.University of Utah Salt Lake 48% 24% 28%Utah State University Cache 16% 59% 25%Weber State University Weber 34% 58% 8%Southern Utah University Iron 26% 53% 21%Snow College Sanpete 20% 74% 6%Dixie State University Washington 62% 24% 14%Utah Valley University Utah 64% 25% 11%Salt Lake Community Salt Lake 70% 15% 15%Source: IPEDS, Utah Data Alliance
  6. 6. Higher Ed Fuels the State’s Economy2012 Degrees & Credentials• Certificates; 1,985• Associates: 10,641• Bachelors: 14,467• Masters, PhD, Prof: 4,246Space Inventory• 31,981,492 square feet (67% of state inventory)Funding per FTE• Tuition = 51%• Taxes = 49%
  7. 7. Structure of the Utah System ofHigher Education
  8. 8. Board ofBoard ofRegentsRegentsOffice of theOffice of theCommissioneCommissionerrUtah HigherUtah HigherEducationEducationAssistanceAssistanceAuthorityAuthorityUtahUtahEducationalEducationalSavings PlanSavings PlanCommissionerCommissionerGovernorGovernorAppointsAppointsSenateSenateApprovesApproves Vice ChairDan CampbellChairBonnie JeanBeesleyCommissionerDave BuhlerStructure of USHE
  9. 9. State Board of Regents 19 members 16 appointed by the Governor 3 non-voting (State Board of Ed, UCAT) Geographic diversity required
  10. 10. State Board of RegentsResponsibilities 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
  11. 11. Economic & Social BenefitsofHigher Education
  12. 12. Median Wage Unemployment RateSources: American Communities Survey 2009, Utah Department of Workforce ServicesLearn & Earnmedian wages by degree earned
  13. 13. Who pays the taxes?Utah population 25 & over by education level & state tax contribution
  14. 14. Higher Education Means Higher Income in UtahDegree Median EarningsLess than High School Diploma $24,183High School Diploma $32,176Some College, No Degree $37,126Associate’s Degree $41,251Difference in Earnings, HS v. AA/AS $9,075Bachelor’s Degree $50,381Difference in Earnings, AA/AS v. BA/BS $18,205Source: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, 2010
  15. 15. Societal Benefits of Higher Education• Greater civic engagement• Better health• Less reliance on public support programs• Improved parenting• Greater job satisfaction
  16. 16. Utah’s 66% Goal• We must reverse current trends• Among US adults 65 & older, Utah ranks 6thinassociate’s degree or higher• Among US adults age 25-34, Utah ranks 23rd
  17. 17. • By 2020, 66% of jobs in Utah will require post-secondary education.• Currently, only 43% of adults in Utah hold a highereducation degree or certificate.• The Governor & the Board of Regents have set agoal that 66% of adults will hold a higher educationcredential by 2020.• We must increase & certificates awarded by 4% eachyear to reach the goal.• Utah must adopt a bold, new approach of investment& innovation to reach the goal.Utah’s 66% Goal
  18. 18. Legislative Support ofHigher Education
  19. 19. Higher Education Funding Trends
  20. 20. • $18 million for Mission Based Funding• Partial funding of compensation• Expansion of University of Utah medical school• Dixie State University transition• Utah Valley University classroom building• Support of Regents’ and New Century scholarships• Removal of cap on tuition waivers– To address impact of LDS missionary age change• What’s missing?– Need based financial aid (Success Stipends)Results of 2013 Legislative Session
  21. 21. Questions?