State Board of Regents meeting focused on college success, graduation rates

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CEDAR CITY – The Utah State Board of Regents will convene at Southern Utah University in Cedar City Friday to discuss a number of agenda items relating to higher education in Utah. The meeting will take place in various rooms of the R. Haze Hunter Conference Center.

The Board of Regents approved the Completion Resolution in July 2013, which identified five key initiatives to increase college success and graduation rates:

  1. Establishing 15 credit hours as the normal full-time course load
  2. Encouraging students to take advantage of  plateau tuition
  3. Creating degree program maps
  4. Helping students better succeed in math
  5. Exploring the feasibility of implementing reverse transfer or stackable credentials

With significant progress made on each of these initiatives during the first year of implementation, according to a press release, the board will decide at the upcoming meeting whether to require each Utah System of Higher Education institution to create three- to five-year plans with specific outcome measurements based on the Completion Resolution.

Other agenda items of interest:

  • The Board of Regents will hear presentations from institutions on their capital development project requests for 2015-16 funding. The board will hold a conference call meeting in August to establish final ranking of the projects for submission to the governor, the state building board and the Legislature for funding consideration.
  • The Board of Regents will review and, if in agreement, approve the new policy Veterans Tuition Gap Program, which addresses the passage of SB 16 during the 2014 legislative session. This policy will fund the last year of college for eligible veterans who exhaust their post-9/11 education benefits.
  • The Board of Regents will review and, if in agreement, approve the 2014 – 2015 Performance Funding Measures submitted by each Utah System of Higher Education institution, which are for the $1.5 million in performance funding allocated during the 2014 legislative session.

The complete agenda can be downloaded as well as audio streamed during Committee of the Whole portions of the meeting.

The Utah System of Higher Education includes Utah’s eight public colleges and universities: the University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University, Southern Utah University, Snow College, Dixie State University, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College. Additional information can be found online.

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