UVU 2016 Legislative Priorities

Capital Facility Priority

Arts Building (State $30M / UVU $20M)

UVU will raise $20M in private donations

  • More than 1,500 arts majors at UVU, second largest in USHE
  • 26% of UVU students take at least one arts course each year
  • 17.2% of UVU graduates are performing arts majors, the third highest in Utah
  • Build an estimated 140,000-square-foot facility
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Budget Priorities


  • Be competitive in the global talent market to attract, reward, and retain top faculty and staff who can prepare citizens and workforce-ready graduates

    • 3% performance-based compensation (USHE $24.5M/UVU $4.2M)
    • 7.6% health premium increase (USHE $7.8M/UVU $1.7M)

Access and Affordability (USHE $9.2M/UVU est. $1.3M)

  • Increase the number of Utahns who access higher education — particularly low-income and underserved communities
  • Meeting student demand for affordable education to feed Utah’s economy (UVU’s enrollment grew 6% in fall 2015)

Market Demand Programs (USHE $10M/UVU $1.6M)

  • Help address the most pressing market demands by expanding, existing or creating new academic programs to meet specific current market demand (e.g., mechatronics engineering technology, web and app development, healthcare, digital audio)

Performance Funding (USHE $15M/UVU $2.1M)

  • Funding based on four metrics: completion (25%); underserved students (15%), market demand (10%), and graduation efficiency (50%)

Statewide Institutional Cybersecurity (USHE $2.5M /UVU TBD)

  • Enhance institutional cybersecurity capabilities to protect information and technology networks; Regents' scholarship.
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UVU Fast Facts

Makes an Impact on Utah’s Economy

  • $59M economic impact for UVU’s 2014-2015 graduating class
  • UVU enrolls more Utahns than any other university (86% from within Utah, 63% of which are of Utah County origin; 14% out of state)

Largest Institution in Utah

  • Fall 2015 enrollment: 33,211 (6% increase)
  • Degrees awarded in 2015: 5,082 (36% increase in graduates in the past six years;

Largest 2015 increase of graduates in USHE)

  • Degrees/diplomas offered: 3 master, 75 bachelor, 63 associate, 35 certificates

A Community Resource

  • 36% of UVU students are first-generation college attendees
  • 237,831 volunteer hours completed by more than 11,000 students
  • Working to establish a bachelor’s degree in special education with a specialization and concentration in autism studies as a minor (est. fall 2016)

A New Era in Athletics

  • Mark Pope, NBA veteran and former NCAA national champion, named UVU’s new men’s basketball coach
  • Wrestling program joined the Big 12 Conference this year, an elite wrestling conference that takes UVU to the next level of competition
  • Men’s and women's soccer each earned a berth into the NCAA championship tournament.