Decorative Color Bar National Summit on Dual-Mission Institutions in Higher Education
Combining Community College and University Programming for Greater Access and Excellence in Higher Education

May 16-17, 2018
Utah Valley University,
Orem, UT



Utah Governor Gary Herbert and the Utah State Board of Regents, partnering with Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Dixie State University, and the National Governors Association, will host a national two-day higher education summit on May 16-17 on the Utah Valley University campus in Orem, Utah. 

The objective of the Summit is to bring together like-minded leaders in higher education whose universities and colleges use a dual mission model to find innovative ways to improve education and provide opportunities to a wider population. Registration is open to educators, policy experts, government leaders and all who are interested in the future of Higher Education and the Dual-Mission Model.

What Is The Dual Mission Model?

A Dual-Mission Model is the intentional merging of community-technical colleges and four-year universities under one roof, or where community colleges offer four-year degrees. Utah has long been at the forefront of this movement, pioneering a dual-mission model of higher education at several of its regional universities. Colleges and universities in Florida, Ohio, Georgia, and Colorado have been, or are in the process of, developing this model as well. Internationally, a similar movement is taking place in Canada and the United Kingdom, where Prime Minister Theresa May has called for major reorientation and investment in career and technical education.

Subsequently, the focus of the summit is for national and international experts to explore the dual-mission model in detail, discussing its possibilities and limitations as states tackle higher education’s challenges and seek to maximize finite resources while providing necessary training and programs to sustain and grow the workforce and economy.



  • Engage key local, national, and international leaders in higher education, as well as local and national government officials, to examine how the dual-mission model of higher education can provide more opportunities for students and confront higher education’s most pressing problems.
  • Stimulate research, collaborative partnerships, and new approaches to addressing higher education’s challenges and the shortage of skilled workers through the dual-mission model.
LeVar Burton



In addition to high-profile acting roles on stage and screen, LeVar Burton served for 26 years as host and executive producer of children’s television series “Reading Rainbow,” which encouraged kids to discover the power of reading. Burton has been a lifelong advocate for literacy, education, and opportunities for children.

Other Speakers Include:

The Honorable Gary R. Herbert
Governor of Utah

Ann Millner
Educator and Utah State Senator

Dr. Richard Williams
President, Dixie State College

Dr. Raymond (Ray) Cross
President University of Wisconsin System

Dr. Margaret Ellibee
Chancellor, University of Arkansas
Pulaski Technical College

Dr. Tim Foster
President, Colorado Mesa University

Dr. Mildred Garcia
President, American Association
of State Colleges and Universities

Dr. Paul Markham
Founding Partner, SOVA

Dr. Joel Ward
President, Red Deer College

Dr. Steve Wrigley
Chancellor, University System of Georgia

Jessica Gilmore
Associate Vice President - Community Outreach
and Economic Development of Utah Valley University

Adrienne Andrews
Assistant Vice President for Diversity
and Chief Diversity Officer of Weber State University

Brenda Marsteller Kowalewski
Associate Provost for High Impact Programs
and Faculty Development at Weber State University

Stephen Parker
Legislative Director, Education & Workforce
Committee, Office of Government Relations

Daniel W. Campbell
Chair, Utah Board of Regents

Dr. Cavid L. Buhler
Utah Commisioner of Higher Education

President Matthew S. Holland
President, Utah Valley University

Dr. Paul Thompson
UVU Trustee and former President of Weber State University

Saahil Desai
Digital Editor, Washington Monthly

Dr. Kyle Reyes
Vice President of Student Affairs, Utah Valley University

Jamal Watson
Executive Editor, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Autumn Arnett
Editor, Education Drive

Dr. Michael Lacourse
Provost, Dixie State University

Sara Lipka
Senior Editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education


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