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USHE Update September 2014. Blair Carruth Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs Utah System of Higher Education. Presidential Search Updates. DSU Welcome to President Richard “Biff” Williams. Presidential Search Updates . SLCC Welcome to President Deneece Huftalin.

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Ushe update september 2014

USHE UpdateSeptember 2014

Blair Carruth

Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs

Utah System of Higher Education


Presidential search updates
Presidential Search Updates

  • DSU

    • Welcome to President Richard “Biff” Williams


Presidential search updates1
Presidential Search Updates

  • SLCC

    • Welcome to President Deneece Huftalin


Stem high school certification
STEM High School Certification

  • New grant funded by the legislature

  • $5,000,000 available

  • Managed through the STEM Action Center

  • High schools and districts are eligible

  • Encouragement to link with ATCs

  • Request for Grant document has been issued

    • Included in meeting packet

  • Grant proposals due October 13, 2014


New ucap grants
New UCAP Grants

  • FY15 UCAP projects have been funded

  • Over 30 applications

  • 15 funded projects totaling $2M

  • Represents diverse array of projects spread throughout the state

  • Project list included in packet


Economic benefits of a higher education
Economic Benefits of a Higher Education

  • Report from Federal Reserve Board of San Francisco

    • College degree yields $830K more over a lifetime compared to high school diploma

    • ROI of 15% per year


Economic benefits of higher education
Economic Benefits of Higher Education

  • A Well Educated Workforce is Key to State Prosperity (Economic Analysis and Research Network)

  • States increase ability to grow and attract high-wage employers through education investment

  • High-wage states have a well-educated workforce

  • Expands economic opportunity for residents

  • Long-term benefit for state budgets


Economic impact of 66 goal
Economic Impact of 66% Goal

  • $14.4 billion in wages added to the Utah economy over 30 years

  • $1.4 billion in tax revenue

  • Over 42,000 individuals will escape the cycle of intergenerational poverty

  • Reduction of SNAP/Food Stamp expenditures by $18 million


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