Student Care

Accessibility, Flexibility, and Affordability

Student success cannot be realized without giving all students the flexibility and resources they need to achieve their goals. Our university takes seriously its responsibility to include students of all backgrounds, allowing them to come as they are and access attainable, affordable, and equitable educational opportunities.

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Progression Plan: Magnifying the Macro View

As we seek to expand our offerings and help current and future Wolverines on the path to success, we are focused on four initiatives: 1) Build out a coordinated multi-campus plan, 2) Adapt to changing needs and expand flexible educational and online offerings, 3) Strengthen outreach to and support for underrepresented students, and 4) Maintain commitment to affordability and accessibility. These strategies will seek to meet the needs of all students regardless of physical location, scheduling constraints, background, or resources.

Guiding growth: The UVU Master Plan

We continue to anticipate and plan for the growth and academic needs of Utah County by establishing the necessary physical environment to meet those needs. While the Orem Campus is the primary hub of academic, athletic, and administrative activities, UVU educates students in many locations statewide. Current offerings include sites in Provo, Lehi, and Vineyard, as well as 53 high school concurrent enrollment locations. We have reached several milestones this year in working toward building a coordinated multi-campus plan.

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Pedestrian bridge

Construction commenced this spring on a much-anticipated pedestrian bridge, which will stretch across I-15 and the Union Pacific and FrontRunner train tracks. At an impressive 1,100 feet in length, the state-of-the-art bridge will allow Wolverines to travel safely to and from housing, the Orem Intermodal UTA Transportation Center, and the West Campus. The bridge is designed to be secure and accessible, and includes elevators for ADA and bicycle access, a covered and heated roof to prevent ice or snow accumulation, and extra width to provide a comfortable space for pedestrians. The bridge is expected to be operational by the end of 2020 and fully finished by the spring of 2021.

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Scott C. Keller Business Building

The groundbreaking ceremony for the future home of the Woodbury School of Business took place in early November 2019. The building, named in honor of lead donor Scott C. Keller, will have 30 classrooms and 205 offices. It will also house the UVU Student Success Center, Bloomberg Lab, Entrepreneurship Institute, Money Management Resource Center, SmartLab, and a grand auditorium for large lectures and special events. The new building is designed to serve up to 12,000 students. It will meet the growing needs of the Woodbury School of Business, which is currently the largest business school in Utah. Classrooms will be outfitted with cutting-edge technology that will allow students to participate remotely and more easily access the program’s offerings. The $75 million building was made possible through the support of generous donors, with the state legislature contributing $50 million and the Keller family donating $10 million to its construction. We anticipate the building to be finished by late fall 2021 or early 2022.

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Acquisition of land in Payson and a new campus at Thanksgiving Point

After years of planning, UVU acquired 38.7 acres in Payson during this fiscal year for a new satellite campus. The property will extend UVU’s educational programming to residents of south Utah County. The campus is strategically located near a future FrontRunner station, allowing more students to access the site while also reducing traffic. The construction timeline is still in progress as we work with local leaders to adapt to the needs of the community.

We also expanded our Silicon Slopes footprint by acquiring a new building at Thanksgiving Point. The Lehi building boasts over 103,000 square feet. Like the Payson site, the new campus at Thanksgiving Point was acquired with accessibility in mind, given its close proximity to a commuter rail station.

Online Learning

Advancing Our Digital Outlook

As we seek to adapt to the changing environment of higher education and to provide exceptional care, we are embracing the challenges and opportunities related to new digital technologies. We hired Dr. Kelly Flanagan, former vice president of information technology and chief information officer at Brigham Young University, to lead the digital transformation at UVU.

In order to take advantage of digital resources and reinvent the university’s services through technology, Dr. Flanagan and his team will build on recommendations from previous studies done at UVU. These address common enterprise platforms, communications, information-driven decision-making, learning platforms and spaces, business processes, governance, digital workflow, talent management, and cloud migration. These digital transformation efforts will lead to increased simplicity, productivity, and efficiency while also supporting our mission to include students of all backgrounds.

Online Offerings

UVU provides high-quality online courses in almost 70 subjects, allowing students to find faster paths to graduation. UVU currently offers 34 certificates and degrees online. These options include four new degrees: human resource management, humanities and social sciences, marketing, and university studies. 748 faculty are certified to teach online. These pathways benefit many students who need offerings beyond the traditional 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. time frame.

More than 80% of Wolverines work, and 25% support families with dependents. Almost 50% of students take at least one course online per semester, but this statistic will likely increase due to the shifting landscape of higher education. In order to adapt to changing circumstances, UVU is extending online and hybrid offerings, increasing stackable credentials and pathways, and expanding class delivery options.

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Student Support During COVID-19

Online Teaching and Learning

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sections moved online
in March 2020

748 faculty certified in online teaching

43% of all full-time faculty are certified

“He has almost seamlessly transitioned to online classes. Made everything very easy while moving to online and still holds live classes online where questions can be asked. The online version of his class is every bit as good if not better than face to face.”

— Anonymous student feedback

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“Our professors have personally checked in on each student to see what they can do to make sure that they have what they need for the semester.”

— Anonymous student feedback

79% of classrooms are fully automated for livestreaming

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Emergency Funds
$60,000 to 135 students

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$7.8 million allocated to 7,947
students with financial needs

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Inclusion Plan 2.0

At UVU, we continually strive to foster an educational environment characterized by diversity and exceptional care. This year, we unveiled the next phase of our Inclusion Plan 2020-2024. The plan details our commitment to building a supportive campus culture and providing financial, social, and institutional support to underrepresented or underserved populations. The plan involves four objectives:

  1. The expansion of pathways and educational pipelines for access and student success
  2. Academic engagement and intercultural development
  3. A supportive campus environment for an increased sense of belonging
  4. Assessment, accountability, governance, and institutional commitments

The plan identifies primary stewards and partners, as well as 75 strategic actions to ensure exceptional accountability.

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First-gens first

We recognize that first-generation students face many unique challenges. At UVU, 37% of students are the first in their families to attend college. We take seriously our responsibility to support these Wolverines with scholarships and mentoring programs.

This year, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) recognized UVU for its commitment to supporting first-generation college students. The association identified the university as a First-Gen Forward Advisory Institution after only one year, although this status usually takes two years to reach. Prior to this award, UVU received NASPA’s “First Forward” distinction, which honors the university’s executive support and engagement with first-generation students.

In addition, UVU’s First-Generation Student Completion program (“I am First”) was recently accepted into the First Scholars network, a selective national group funded by the Suder Foundation. This funding will increase scholarship offerings and allow first-generation students to stay in school and complete their degrees.

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Filling the gap: New scholarships

Although UVU focuses on keeping tuition costs as affordable as possible, many students need financial support to stay in school. This year the university launched two new scholarships to support more Wolverines: the Greenlight Scholarship and the UVU Reach Scholarship. The Greenlight Scholarship helps students pursue their education by covering the gap between the cost of tuition up to 65 credit hours and the amount a first- or second-year student receives in a Pell Grant. The UVU Reach Scholarship gives new students financial incentives to reach academic milestones on the path to college completion.

These scholarships will expand opportunities for students to reach their educational goals and will give them the “green light” to achieve success.

CARE combats hunger and housing instability

The CARE (Coordinating Access to Resources and Education) Task Force addresses food, health, safety, and housing insecurity among students. Studies suggest that one in 10 students has gone a full day without food, and 11% risk losing their housing due to financial instability. The initiative is part of UVU’s commitment to provide exceptional care and seeks to support and include all students. Students in need can receive emergency scholarship funds, as well as on-campus meal vouchers through the university food pantry. From July 2019 through March 2020, the task force distributed nearly 700 vouchers.

In addition to resources from the university’s task force, the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act played an essential role in providing financial support for students in response to disruptions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of summer 2020, the total amount of emergency financial aid grants distributed was $7.8 million. These funds were allocated to approximately 7,947 students.

Food pantry at UVU

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