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 2017 on.

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UVU 2021 Legislative Priorities:


Budget Priorities

Compensation and Mandatory Increases

  • Salary and health insurance increase, 100% funded (USHE $23.4M)
  • Mandatory cost increases to insurance premiums (USHE $3.9M)
  • Risk management rate increases (UVU $70,516)

 

Faculty Rank and Tenure Promotion (USHE $3.3M/UVU $328,000)

 

Performance-funding (USHE $22M/UVU $3.6M)

  • Retention and completion analytics and interventions $990K
  • Flexible education opportunities for timely completion $838K
  • Digital transformation $672K
  • Computer, engineering & technology program expansion $752K
  • School counseling program $312K

 

Growth (USHE $4.4M/UVU $3M)

  • Faculty and instructional/student support staff for high-demand, high-growth programs

 

Future Capital Facility Needs

  • College of Engineering and Technology building ($88M)

 

Retention and Completion

UVU is now implementing a new 4-year (2019–2022) completion plan that includes initiatives for a first-year advising center, data-driven interventions, pathways, general education, scheduling, faculty development, student communication, and high-impact practices.

Download the Fast Facts PDF for graduation and degree statistics.

UVU 2020 Legislative Priorities:


Budget Priorities

Compensation and Benefit Increases

  • 2.5% performance-based compensation
  • 5% health premium increases

 

Growth Funding (USHE $3.9M/UVU $2.3M)

  • Faculty and staff to support enrollment growth
  • Legislative action to formalize the growth-funding model

 

Performance-funding Priorities (USHE $34.9.4M/UVU $5.4M)

  • Retention and completion analytics and interventions
  • Flexible educational offerings for timely completion
  • Engineering tech, information tech, and computer science program expansions
  • Cybersecurity infrastructure

 

Capital Facility Priority

UVU supports the higher education capital facilities fund (SB 102)

  • College of Engineering and Technology building ($88M)

 

Retention and Completion

UVU is now implementing a 4-yar (2019-2022) completion plan that includes initiatives for a first-year advising center, data driven interventions, pathways, general education, scheduling, faculty development, student communication, and high-impact practices.

Download the Fast Facts PDF for graduation and degree statistics.

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 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