Legislative Affairs

View the legislative actions taken each year affecting UVU, including policies, budgeting, and logistical changes. Also see the University’s annual budget priorities and statistical reports from 2014 on.

State Capitol Building

UVU 2019 Legislative Priorities:


Budget Priorities

Compensation and Benefits

  • 2% performance-based compensation
  • 5% health premium increases

 

High-Demand, High-Growth Programs (USHE $18M/UVU $3.9M)

  • Expand capacity in critical path and upper-division courses
  • Hire faculty and staff in high-demand courses and programs

 

Institution-Based Student Aid, Student Employment & Internships (USHE $14.4M/UVU $1.4M)

  • Enhance student aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Reduce/eliminate course-based fees
  • Expand high-impact practices (internships, tutoring, and engaged learning)

 

Advising, Retention & Student Success Programs (USHE $15.7M/UVU $1.4M)

  • Utilize analytics, proactive advising, and retention outreach
  • Implement Civitas software (Degree Map, predictive analytics, etc.)
  • Hire academic advisors and part-time retention mentors

 

Health Professions & Related Programs (USHE $9.4M/UVU $640K)

  • Expand Nursing cohort to meet industry needsExpand Nursing cohort to meet industry needs
  • Hire Nursing and Pre-Health and Community Health faculty
  • Support Pre-Health and Community Health programs and courses

Capital Facility Priority

Woodbury School of Business (Total estimated cost $74.9M)

  • UVU has raised $13M
  • 180,000 sq. ft. building to develop Utah’s future workforce
  • UVU has the largest business school in USHE, with over 5,300 students
  • UVU has the least square footage of classroom space per student in USHE
  • Two for one — repurpose existing business building to general classrooms and faculty office space

UVU 2018 Legislative Priorities:


Capital Facility Priority

Woodbury School of Business (Total estimated cost $71M)

  • UVU has raised $10M
  • 180,000 sq. ft. building to develop Utah’s future workforce
  • Largest business school with over 5,300 students
  • Least square footage of classroom space per student in USHE
  • 2 for 1 — Repurpose existing businesses building to general classrooms and faculty office space

 

Budget Priorities

Compensation (USHE $29.9M/UVU $4.2M)

  • 2% performance-based compensation
  • 8% health premium increases

 

Student Growth and Capacity (USHE $15.9M/UVU $5.1M)

  • Expand capacity in critical courses and programs
  • Information, classroom, and data technology
  • Innovative course delivery
  • Business and student services support

 

Completion (USHE $7.9M/UVU $1.3M)

  • Reducing barriers to completion
  • Student analytics and guided pathways

 

Workforce (USHE $15.8M/UVU $1.5M)

  • Nursing, health, and wellness
  • Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Engineering, Science, and Aviation
  • Business, Hospitality, and Tourism

UVU 2017 Legislative Priorities:


Capital Facility Priority

Woodbury School of Business (Total estimated cost $70M)

  • New 180,000-square-foot building to develop Utah’s future workforce
  • UVU has the largest business school in USHE with 5,038 students
  • UVU has the least square footage of classroom space per student in USHE
  • 2 for 1—Existing business building will be repurposed to classroom and faculty office space to help meet needs of growing student body

 

Transportation Needs

  • Skywalk to connect west campus and FrontRunner to UVU main campus
  • 8th South Orem interchange (MAG’s phase 1 plan)

 

Budget Priorities

Compensation (USHE $32.9M/UVU $4.6M)

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
  • 7% health premium increase

 

Student Growth and Market Demand

New Student Growth (USHE $4M/UVU $1M)

  • Half of K–12’s growth in the last decade has been in Utah County
  • UVU projects over 45,000 students enrolled at the University by 2025

 

Market Demand Programs (USHE $19.4M/UVU $2.4M)

  • Expand tech and computing programs for access and timely completion
  • Develop new healthcare programs to meet demands of a growing population
  • Graduate programs in computer science and cybersecurity
  • Learning support and tutoring services for STEM programs

 

Performance Funding (USHE $10M/UVU $1.4M)

  • Student Success: Completion
  • Advisement, technology, and infrastructure

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

 New building sketches

Budget Priorities

Compensation

  • 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.

UVU Quick Facts

 

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.

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