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From: Commissioner Dave Buhler
To: Rep. Barlow, S.,
Subject: Higher Ed Matters 2016-01-27
Date: 2016-01-27T14:00:47Z
Weekly higher ed news from
the Utah System of Higher Education
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Using the state's Education Fund for higher ed is not only appropriate, it's critical to Utah's success
It's been proven time and again that those with a college education have a significantly higher earning potential, lower unemployment rates, and better health and well-being than those with only a high school diploma. Higher education also breaks the cycle of intergenerational poverty and reduces reliance on government assistance. There is currently some discussion in the Legislature to change the Constitution of the State of Utah to prohibit higher education from being funded from Education Funds. Utah's affordable and high-quality public higher education system is crucial to the success of our state. Utahns must have the opportunity to earn an education beyond high school.

10-year strategic plan for Utah higher ed unanimously approved by Board of Regents
Last Friday, the Board of Regents unanimously approved a 10-year strategic plan for Utah higher education. The strategic planning process started in the summer of 2014, with the Board of Regents reviewing several drafts of the plan in 2015. A draft of the plan was open for public comment in November 2015.

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Last Friday, the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) announced Dr. Kimberly Henrie had been selected as the new Associate Commissioner for Finance and Facilities. Before joining USHE, Dr. Henrie served as the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer for the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) where she led the operations team and oversaw the administration of several key economic development programs. Dr. Henrie has a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership & Policy from the University of Utah, a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business, both from Westminster College.
January 19
U. establishes fellowship in honor of Mormon leader The Salt Lake Tribune

January 21

DSU offers five new degrees The Spectrum

UVU instructors create textbook to save students money KUTV

January 22
Progress on remediation Inside Higher Education

The proof liberal arts colleges need? Inside Higher Education

January 24
Editorial: Another constitutional amendment won't fix Utah schools The Salt Lake Tribune

January 25

State spending on higher education continues slow improvement
 The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Utah Legislature gets underway, with focus on education The Salt Lake Tribune
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