From: Commissioner Dave Buhler
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Higher Ed Matters 09-24
Date: Wed Sep 24 15:57:20 MDT 2014
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Interesting facts about where USHE students come from:
  • Over half of all USHE students come from the three largest counties: Davis (9.8%), Salt Lake (27.5%) and Utah (14.7%).
  • Approximately 1 in 5 USHE students is an out-of-state or international student.
  • Understandably, Salt Lake County enrolled the most USHE students in Fall 2013, with over 48,808 students. Daggett County enrolled the fewest: 26.
  • Snow College has historically had the most widely dispersed in-state student population, with 74% of students from outside Sanpete County.

Last week, the Utah System of Higher Education hosted the 17th annual Faculty Discipline Majors' Meeting, which has as one of its objectives to achieve the greatest possible congruence in lower division and pre-major requirements at all USHE institutions. Over 325 faculty and academic advisors representing 32 academic disciplines participated in the meeting.

Because of its small number of public institutions (8), Utah is the only state that is able to coordinate these faculty-driven meetings, which serve to streamline transfer and address issues of teaching and learning. These efforts have helped to earn the Utah system a national reputation for collaboration and efficiency, and have led to the implementation of other national initiatives, such as USHE's Tuning efforts and our participation in the nine-state Multi-state Collaborative to Advance Learning Outcomes Assessment.

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The Utah Higher Education Assistance Authority (UHEAA) is hosting the 2014 Paying for College Nights in conjunction with the Utah Council. So far this school year, seven events have been held at high schools in Utah, primarily in rural school districts. Thirteen additional events will be hosted throughout the fall.

At these events, students and parents can learn about different options for financing higher education, ranging from savings to student loans. UHEAA provides Utah's students and their families with the most up-to-date and relevant information, and offers access to resources that will help them prepare and pay for college.

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September 16, 2014
SUU's focus on graduation rates gets notice The Spectrum

September 18, 2014
Older siblings' college choices predict those of younger brothers and sisters
The Chronicle of Higher Education

Uncluttering the pathway to the diploma The Chronicle of Higher Education 

September 19, 2014
New DSU president promoting plans for wellness center The Spectrum

Work starts Oct. 9 on $26M USU-Brigham City Standard Examiner

September 20, 2014
Guest editorial: Students at center of UVU's community contributions Daily Herald

September 22, 2014
What you need to know about this week's student-loan default rates
The Chronicle of Higher Education

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