Engage 

Student Success


Engaged Learning & the Expanding Economy

We will continue to embrace a collaborative and community-oriented approach as we look forward to Vision 2030. An important aspect of our integrated educational model, which combines a community college with a university, is our dedication to meeting the needs of Utah County and beyond. The UVU experience is driven by a shared responsibility to prepare each student for success in work and life.

Silicon Slopes

Nursing Students

The Excellence and Innovation Initiative

UVU’s unique focus on engaged learning combines the traditional academic model with hands-on projects and opportunities. The Excellence and Innovation Initiative allows students, faculty, and stakeholders to collaborate on real-world projects and solve problems that require an interdisciplinary, innovative approach. The program serves both students and industry partners by providing resources and opportunities for students and connecting industry partners with experienced candidates for employment. Students, faculty, and companies can create projects or join existing projects to address issues in business, government, or the nonprofit sector.

Citizenship


UVU’s unique focus on engaged learning combines the traditional academic model with hands-on projects and opportunities. The Excellence and Innovation Initiative (EII) allows students, faculty, and stakeholders to collaborate on real-world projects and solve problems that require an interdisciplinary, innovative approach. The program serves both students and industry partners by providing resources and opportunities to connect with experienced candidates for employment. Students, faculty, and companies can create projects or join existing projects to address issues in business, government, or the nonprofit sector.

This year, the EII secured an official memorandum of understanding with Station1, an engaged-learning platform founded by MIT professors. Station1 seeks to expand opportunity and foster socially directed innovation through cross-disciplinary academic and applied learning in frontier research-based internships. This collaboration provides students with the opportunity to participate in a workplace-based research fellowship program based in Massachusetts. The partnership will also explore curriculum development, inclusive teaching methods, innovative education, and equitable workforce development.

EII also partners with Stanford University’s Institute of Design (also known as “d.school”). This agreement offers four UVU students the opportunity to receive at least 100 hours annually of design-thinking training from leading experts at Stanford, Google, and firms in Silicon Valley. Corporate catalysts for EII include Nu Skin and Vivint. These companies created and tested prototype models, with UVU students and faculty working alongside corporate teams on current issues facing their businesses. Andrew Jensen, a UVU student who worked on an app presentation project for Vivint, said of the experience, “We were mentored by professionals, real teams, and professors. We came up with the ideas and built the app. We felt rewarded and respected and learned valuable skills along the way.”

Wetlands Service Project

Celebrating 25 years: The Center for Social Impact

UVU’s Center for Social Impact seeks to drive positive social change by connecting students with the community and promoting active citizenship. To commemorate the center’s 25th anniversary, students participated in a service project on the 25th of each month during the school year. The yearlong celebration, named the “Be the Change Tour,” gave students learning opportunities to engage with social issues and needs in the community and to form partnerships with various groups. Participating organizations included the American Red Cross, Giving Tree, and Refugee Resettlement Project.

25 years of impact

Global Engagement

U.N. Civil Society Conference

As the only United Nations-accredited university in Utah, UVU played a key role in bringing the 68th annual U.N. Civil Society Conference to Salt Lake City this past August. The event, which centered on building inclusive and sustainable communities, was one of the largest global gatherings in Utah since the 2002 Winter Olympics. This year marked the first time that the conference was hosted in an American city other than New York City.

Several months before the conference, students from UVU traveled to the U.N. in New York City and presented research about ways to empower women in mountainous regions throughout the world.

UN Conference

UN Conference volunteer

Lifelong learning: Non-credit programs

UVU supports students at every stage of their personal and professional development. The Professional Education program is designed to meet the various needs and circumstances of all learners, allowing busy students to choose the option that works best for them. Professional and Continuing Education courses, certificates, and workshops allow learners to gain new and marketable skills, advance professionally, and stand out in the increasingly competitive workforce environment. The program offers non-credit certifications in software testing, digital marketing, personal training, Praxis exam preparation, and human resources.

MBA at Silicon Slopes

UVU partnered with Silicon Slopes to offer a new technology management emphasis MBA at the Silicon Slopes headquarters in Lehi. The network of executives at Silicon Slopes will provide valuable training, relevant instruction, and real-world classroom experience to those seeking executive positions in top tech companies in Utah. The MBA program plays an important role in strengthening businesses and addressing the needs of the state’s rapidly expanding economy. The Lehi campus at Silicon Slopes will serve as the MBA program’s third location.

Creating change in Cambodia

Professor Brian Barthel and three UVU students traveled to Cambodia to help provide basic necessities. They partnered with a local Cambodian relief organization to prioritize families and villages that needed clean water, hand-washing stations, and latrines. The students also visited schools and spoke on reproductive health.

Health and wellness company dōTERRA sponsored 200 reusable hygiene kits created through the “Days for Girls” organization.

New Zealand study abroad: Earthquakes and emergency response

In January, UVU students from the College of Health and Public Service traveled to Christchurch, in New Zealand, to study emergency management and observe the effects of two major earthquakes. Since the fault lines and mountain ranges in Christchurch bear many similarities to those in Utah, the trip allowed students to gain relevant real-world experience and prepare for future projects.

New Zealand study abroad

Dr. Kim B. Clark

International Advisory Board Member:
Dr. Kim B. Clark

A former dean of the Harvard Business School has joined the UVU International Advisory Board. Kim B. Clark, along with more than a dozen other distinguished individuals, will advise the president and her cabinet about UVU’s strategic direction and initiatives. Members of the International Advisory Board serve as informed ambassadors of UVU and help provide opportunities for students to succeed.

Partnership Paradigm: Paving pathways from MTECH to UVU

This spring, Mountainland Technical College (MTECH) and UVU signed a series of agreements that allow MTECH students to seamlessly transfer credits in culinary arts, nursing, automotive technology, and web and mobile phone development. These educational pathways help prepare students to succeed at UVU and make it easier for MTECH students to graduate quickly. Students who need financial assistance may also qualify for a scholarship, which applies to Pell-eligible Wolverines enrolled in a two-year career and technical education pathway or a workforce-focused pathway. The institutions hope to create future pathways in surgical technology, healthcare fields, manufacturing, welding, and small business management.

In a joint op-ed for The Salt Lake Tribune, MTECH President Clay Christensen and UVU President Astrid S. Tuminez wrote, “Perhaps the greatest opportunity to create large-scale impact on Utah’s workforce today is through advancements in technical education. . . . Through this partnership, we are confident that our shared service region, and Utah’s workforce as a whole, will be far better prepared for the technological shifts that are sure to come in the 2020s and beyond.”

MTECH k-16 Conference

Workforce Ready

UVU served 38,366 Utah residents in the fall of 2019 (more than any institution in the state)

Educating Utah’s Workforce

86% of UVU graduates stay in Utah after graduation for at least one year

76% of UVU graduates are living in Utah 10 years after graduation

86% of UVU graduates are employed one year after graduation

By 2030, 1 in 4 new jobs in Utah are projected to be in UVU’s service region

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$2.98 billion
Total lifetime earning increase for the Class of 2019

 

UVU awarded 1,152 more degrees and certificates in 4- and 5-star jobs in 2018–19 than in 2013–14, the largest increase in the Utah System of Higher Education

98% employer satisfaction

(adequate or above)

 

  • Overall job knowledge
  • Communicate effectively
  • Computer knowledge/professional
  • Willingness to learn
  • Appreciate diverse perspectives
  • Understand ethics of choices
  • Collaborate well with others