2014 Legislative Priorities

The following are the 2014 Legislative Priorities for UVU. Click here to download the 2-page pdf highlighting these priorities. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Taylor, 2014 Legislative Liaison and AVP of University Marketing and Communications, at 801-472-8588 or by emailing taylorch@uvu.edu.

Higher Education Leaders Urge Caucus Attendance

"Leaders of the State Board of Regents are urging Utahns who value higher education to attend and participate in the political party caucuses held between March 18 and 27 in neighborhoods across the state." More...

Caucus Dates for Registered Political Parties in Utah

Democratic Party -- March 18, 2014 -- www.utahdemocrats.org
Republican Party -- March 20, 2014 -- www.utgop.org
Constitutional Party -- March 27, 2014 -- www.utah-constitution-party.org
Independent American Party -- To Be Determined -- www.independentamericanparty.org
Libertarian Party -- To Be Determined -- www.lputah.org


2014 Legislative Session

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Weekly Updates:

Week 1: January 27 - January 31

Week 2: February 3 - February 7

Week 3: February 10 - February 14

Week 4: February 17 - February 21

Week 5: February 24 - February 28

Week 6: March 3 - March 7

Week 7: March 10 - March 14

UVU Legislative Priorities 2014

Priority 1 – Acute Equity and Capacity (mission-based performance funding)

  • Protect academic quality, accreditation standards and meet workforce expectations
  • Ensure funding equity among USHE institutions based on mission Provide tuition fairness for USHE students
  • Increase degree offerings and program support to decrease time to completion

The Board of Regents has established a minimum floor of state funding for residential undergraduate students of $4,800, which requires increased funding to the following USHE institutions:

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Priority 2 – 3% Compensation

  • Attract and retain top faculty and staff who can best prepare and train productive students
  • Prepare workforce-ready graduates
  • Be competitive in the global talent market

Priority 3 – Performing Arts Building

  • Create a facility to train the artistic leadership and teachers of tomorrow
  • Supply an industry that generates $140 million for the state annually
  • Meet a growing demand for 45,582 arts-related occupations in the state
  • Enhance the quality of life in the community
  • Support 7,400 students enrolled in arts courses
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UVU Fast Facts

UVU is a Growing Force

  • Fall 2013 enrollment: 30,564
  • Largest provider of undergraduate education in Utah (2012-13 annualized FTE)
  • UVU continues to build the economy with more prepared graduates each year
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UVU is Good for Utah’s Economy

  • Annual economic impact in Utah is $534 million
  • Returns $8 for every dollar the state invests in the institution
  • Nearly 9 in 10 UVU graduates stay in Utah after graduation, lending their expertise and earning power to the state economy

UVU is a Good Community Partner

  • Home to the #1 Business Development Center in the state
  • UVU volunteers gave 137,332 hours of community service in 2012-2013
  • UVU immerses underrepresented junior high students in an intensive STEM summer program

UVU is Serious About Academic Excellence

  • Degrees offered: 18 certificates, 66 associates, 66 bachelors and 3 masters
  • Home of the Center for Constitutional Studies
  • Women’s basketball “national champions” for highest GPA (2012-13)
  • Theater students swept national collegiate awards at the Kennedy Center
  • Awarded $500,000 in scholarships from the NSF to train students for high-paying jobs in STEM fields, supporting Utah’s growing tech industry

UVU is a Fierce Athletic Contender

  • Home to the only D-I men’s soccer team in the state (kickoff fall 2014)
  • The men’s cross country team won the first UVU WAC championship