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From: Commissioner Dave Buhler
To: Rep. McKell, M.,
Subject: Higher Ed Matters 10-08
Date: 2014-10-08T14:46:59Z
Weekly higher ed news from
the Utah System of Higher Education
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In an effort to encourage young students to begin dreaming of what they want to be when they are adults--and to emphasize that college is an important part of achieving that dream--the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) commissioned the creation of a children's book, Monte and the World of Possibilities. 4,550 Read Today volunteers will share the story with children in schools across the state over the next several weeks. Approximately an additional 3,000 copies will be distributed to libraries throughout Utah.

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Enrollment holds steady at Utah's public colleges and universities
Utah bucks national trend of declining higher education enrollment

The first "snapshot" of college enrollments for the 2014-15 school year (fall semester, third week) shows that the number of students enrolled at Utah's public colleges and universities held steady with a slight net increase. USHE enrollment for the Fall 2014 semester increased by 136 full-time equivalent students, for a net increase of one tenth of one percent from 2013. Four of the eight institutions saw increases between 1.85 and 3.39 percent, while the other four saw decreases ranging from 0.93 to 5.31 percent.

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The Utah Data Alliance (UDA) is a partnership seeking to increase the use and efficiency of data across multiple levels of education. USHE is one of six partners working to make education data more accessible and usable through sound and secure practices. The other five partners are: the Department of Workforce Services (DWS), the Utah College of Applied Technology, Utah Education Network, the Utah Education Policy Center (at the University of Utah), and the Utah State Office of Education.

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The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education is excited to announce the first annual Alan E. Hall Innovation for Undergraduate Student Success Award. A biennial award given to a faculty or staff member or a collaborative team at each of the eight USHE institutions, the award is given to support initiatives with clearly defined and well-conceived innovative strategies that are intended to improve undergraduate student success.

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October 1, 2014
UVU receives $2.2M to help raise low graduation rates
UVU Review

SUU professor selected as Utah Art Educator of the Year Deseret News

October 2, 2014
Envision Utah focuses on education

USU students team up with NASA for scientific launch Cache Valley Daily

October 3, 2014
College affordability, upfront Inside Higher Ed

October 6, 2014
Guv's Common Core committee says it wants to stay out of the politics Salt Lake Tribune

Dr. Kimberly Henrie accepts leadership role in Utah's economic sector Utah Pulse

October 7, 2014
Repeat Non-Completers Inside Higher Ed

Flat SAT and AP scores
Inside Higher Ed
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