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A 10-year vision outlining how UVU’s integrated dual mission will meet the higher education and workforce needs of Utah County, UVU’s service region, and the state of Utah



Mission Statement


Utah Valley University is an integrated university and community college that educates every student for success in work and life through excellence in engaged teaching, services, and scholarship.



President Tuminez

President Astrid S. Tuminez

I am pleased to share with you UVU’s Vision 2030 outlining our aggressive approach to meeting the educational and workforce needs of our community. Utah Valley University (UVU) is an innovative force in higher education today, and our integrated dual-mission approach — serving as an integrated community college and regional teaching university — is a model that is gaining national and international attention.


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Astrid S. Tuminez


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Executive Summary

Student Success: As a student-centered university, UVU strives to help individuals reach their educational goals in an environment that allows them to thrive personally and professionally.

Growth and Educational Demand: Utah has experienced and will continue to experience tremendous population growth and economic growth, and, consequently, growth in educational demand. Utah County will be at the center of this expansion.

Utah System of Higher Education and Integrated Dual-Mission Institutions: Utah’s higher education system has successfully addressed student growth and met business/industry needs through various methods, including the innovative development of integrated dual-mission institutions. Utah’s three integrated dual-mission institutions economically serve 50% of Utah’s students by offering a simultaneous community college and university experience.

Utah Valley University: As an integrated dual-mission institution, UVU has successfully met and will continue to meet the educational and workforce needs of a rapidly growing population and economy.

UVU’s Solutions to Meet Educational Demand: UVU’s solutions are specifically designed to address growth at UVU over the next decade and beyond while strengthening its integrated community college and university mission. The following strategies and initiatives, each aligned with UVU’s mission, values, and action commitments, are prioritized to help UVU students succeed.

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Student success is at the heart of UVU’s mission. Welcoming all who seek learning at every level of preparation, UVU provides transformational opportunities to positively impact students’ lives. UVU is committed to preparing students to achieve their goals, make meaningful contributions, and shape the future. Higher education is more than a next step to obtaining a desired standard of living. A university education prepares students to thrive in a rapidly changing economy and complex world as competent and ethical professionals, lifelong learners, and engaged citizens. 


Utah County has faced and will continue to face the challenge of tremendous growth in demand for higher education. This county is the sixth youngest in the nation and one of the country’s fastest-growing regions — growing from 263,000 people in 1990 to 643,000 in 2018. The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah projects that from 2018 to 2030, Utah, Summit, and Wasatch counties will add more than 240,000 residents and 130,000 new jobs (i.e., one out of every three new residents and one out of every four new jobs in the state will be in one of those three counties). The Gardner Institute further projects that the population of UVU’s service region will exceed 1.7 million by 2065.

With growth comes greater diversity both in the UVU service region and at the university. From 2000 to 2018, the percentage of Utah County residents who self-identified as white fell from 89.2% to 82.1%. Hispanic residents made up the largest minority group at 12.0% of the population. The minority population contributed 28.3% of the total county population growth this century. At UVU, Hispanic student enrollment grew from 4.9% in 2008 to 12.1% in 2018. Students of color now comprise 19% of UVU’s population compared to 9% in 2008. And UVU has also seen growth in the number of students from other underrepresented groups (e.g., first-generation, low socioeconomic status, refugee, and returning adult students).

Growing with its community, UVU increased enrollment headcount from 26,696 students in 2008 to 39,931 in 2018. Enrollment projections approved by the Utah State Board of Regents in May 2019 estimate that by 2030 UVU will enroll approximately 57,000, of which 15,000 will be high school concurrent enrollment students. UVU has planned carefully for continued growth to meet its service region’s educational needs. As in the past, UVU’s focus on undergraduate education and teaching will provide students access to highly qualified faculty in courses with average enrollments of 23 students per class, ensuring high levels of student and faculty interaction. Professional advisors and counselors also provide personalized guidance and interventions to students during their educational journey.


UVU is poised to meet the expanding needs of its service region by sustaining Utah’s successful integrated dual-mission institution model. The Utah System of Higher Education (USHE) is comprised of eight higher education institutions designed to meet the educational needs of students who seek different options and opportunities to succeed. USHE has effectively and efficiently managed the educational needs of Utah’s families and workforce, even as the population has grown. National media and data report that:

  • USHE is one of the most cost-efficient systems in the country;
  • U.S. News and World Report ranks Utah sixth in the nation in higher education; and
  • Utah ranks sixth in the nation for adults 25 and older with an associate or bachelor’s degree.

USHE’s success is, in large measure, due to the fact that Utah’s legislature has long sustained a strong commitment to higher education. Rather than duplicate expensive independent institutions, the Utah State Legislature and USHE established an innovative and differentiated role for the state’s regional universities. Such leadership, foresight, and generosity have resulted in a higher education system that works, with three integrated dual-mission universities that serve as national models for accessible, affordable, and effective public higher education.

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USHE institutions by institution type, credentials/degrees offered, and admissions selectivity

Integrated dual-mission institutions were created to serve rapidly

expanding regional workforce and educational needs.

Reflective of demographic, economic, and workforce changes in their regions, the Utah State Legislature authorized Weber State College in 1959, Utah Valley State College in 1993, and Dixie State College in 2000 to expand program offerings at the baccalaureate and graduate levels while retaining, sustaining, and expanding community college programs. These institutions became universities in 1991, 2008, and 2013, respectively.

Utah’s model of integrated dual-mission universities (WSU, UVU, and DSU) allows students to continue within the same institution from Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificates and associate degrees to bachelor’s and master’s degrees. This is particularly important as Utahns tend to enroll in the college or university in the county in which they live. The Utah approach brings significant advantages to Utah’s students, state government, and taxpayers. According to a recent Lumina Foundation Report, postsecondary attainment in Utah is above the national average (52.2% vs. 47.6%) and up 11.9 percentage points since 2008.

For students and their families, the integrated dual-mission model:

  • Replaces complex transfer articulation with coherent structured pathways, ensuring that students do not lose credits or repeat courses unnecessarily;
  • Provides entrance and exit points in the form of stackable degrees, allowing students to earn intermediate degrees as a form of insurance against life circumstances that delay their educational progress; and
  • Increases institutional affinity as students become familiar with one institution throughout their academic career rather than relearning the organization and processes of a separate technical school, then community college, and then four-year university.

For state government and taxpayers, the integrated dual-mission model:

  • Creates shared support services and infrastructure (much of which often does not scale directly with enrollment), thus significantly reducing noninstructional costs, saving taxpayers money, and directing more resources to educate students;
  • Coordinates curriculum, effectively decreasing the instructional costs necessary to complete a degree; and
  • Operates below USHE average tax funds per student, thus providing cost-efficient higher education through: (1) economies of scale and (2) minimal to no duplication of facilities, technology infrastructure, administration, and services. A traditional structure of separate and independent community colleges and regional state colleges/universities could be cost-prohibitive for the state.

According to fall 2018 official numbers, Utah’s three integrated dual-mission universities (WSU, UVU, and DSU) serve nearly 50% (over 68,000) of all Utahns enrolled in USHE. They also account for 64% of total USHE enrollment growth since 2000. Importantly, the integrated dual-mission model has led to Utah residents attaining a high number of associate degrees. In addition, this model has been key to retaining associate degree students through the bachelor’s degree, with 47.4% of all associate degrees and 38.5% of all bachelor’s degrees in USHE awarded by the integrated dual-mission universities in 2017–2018.

Other states are embracing the integrated dual-mission model. Decades of operational and educational success in USHE have highlighted the advantages of dual-mission institutions and put the Utah integrated dual-mission model at the center of the national higher education policy agenda. States across the nation have re-envisioned their higher education systems in the following ways:

  • Florida, Texas, Washington, and California added bachelor’s degree programs to many of their existing community colleges;
  • Georgia, Arkansas, Wisconsin, and Montana consolidated two- and four-year institutions, maintaining the roles of both institutions in one unified structure; and
  • Colorado and North Dakota realigned community colleges to four-year universities, offering both baccalaureate degrees and community college-level programs.

The national trend away from dedicated community colleges to integrated dual-mission and four-year institutions is striking among students as well. From near parity in 2002, the enrollment gap between public two- and four-year institutions is now more than 3 million students.

According to fall 2018 official numbers, Utah’s three integrated dual-mission universities (WSU, UVU, and DSU) serve nearly 50% (over 68,000) of all Utahns enrolled in USHE.

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  • Stackable degrees & seamless pathways
  • Multiple exit & re-entry opportunities
  • Common policies & student records
  • No duplication of facilities
  • Less transfer credit loss
  • Mutual full-time faculty
  • Inclusion with outreach to underrepresented populations
  • Library & learning resources

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UVU’s track record underlines the integrated dual-mission approach as vital to meeting regional educational needs while addressing the challenge of growth. UVU has strengthened its commitment to quality, accessibility, affordability, and flexibility while setting enrollment records nearly every year this century. This challenging commitment to meeting regional needs for quality and quantity has had a profound impact on individuals, communities, and the state of Utah:

  • Return on investment: According to the U.S. Department of Education 2018 College Scorecard, UVU has the highest return on investment among institutions in USHE at 5.3 (the ratio of median earnings of former students to the average annual net price of education).
  • Educating Utahns who stay in Utah: UVU builds Utah’s human capital, with a high rate of students who come from Utah and stay in Utah one year after graduation (84%) and 10 years after graduation (76%); these citizens will make long-term contributions to Utah’s vibrant economy and communities.
  • Industry responsiveness: Since becoming a university, UVU has responded to community and industry needs and feedback by adding relevant workforce development programs (e.g., cybersecurity; special education; civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering; personal financial planning; national security studies; commercial music; and many more). UVU has improved workforce alignment with degrees to government-identified 4- and 5-star jobs, awarding in 2018 nearly 1,000 more degrees and certificates in these high-demand occupations than in 2013 — the largest increase in USHE.
  • Employer satisfaction and community perceptions: UVU has a recognized value in the region among both community members generally and employers specifically. During the last 10 years of dramatic growth, 82% of people report that their impression of UVU has improved (UVU Community Survey, 2018). UVU has carefully balanced academic rigor (79% feel like UVU has become more academically rigorous) with inclusion (95% feel UVU fills an important community college role). Additionally, of employers expressing an opinion on the quality of a UVU education, 93% rated UVU “Good” or “Very Good” (UVU Employer Survey, 2016).

Since 2008, UVU has:

  • Increased the number of graduates by 86%, to more than 6,000 (spring 2019);
  • Increased the number of CTE certificates and associate degrees awarded by 72%, the largest increase in USHE;
  • Increased the percentage of instruction taught by full-time faculty from 51.3% to 57.5%;
  • Increased the number of certificates and associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs by 51.7%;
  • Increased the number of students of color by 180% and the number of certificates and degrees awarded to students of color by 362%;
  • More than doubled the number of concurrent enrollment students and students enrolled in online courses, now offering 40% of its instruction through concurrent enrollment, distance education, and satellite locations; and
  • Expanded to seven university locations and hundreds of high schools (primarily concurrent enrollment) and community partnership sites.

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UVU has strengthened its commitment to quality, access, affordability, and flexibility while setting enrollment records nearly every year this century.

Utah’s integrated dual-mission approach has been a resounding success statewide, leading to the relatively high attainment of associate degrees among Utah residents and facilitating retention of associate degree students through the bachelor’s degree. It has done so efficiently, taking advantage of economies of scale and minimizing the duplication of facilities and services that would have been very costly if Utah operated a traditional model of separate and independent community colleges and regional universities.

Since becoming a university, UVU has responded to community and industry needs and feedback by adding relevant workforce development programs.


Planning for Success: UVU’s Solutions for Growth, Quality, and Success

UVU has developed innovative solutions to address future growth and fulfill its designated role as an integrated dual-mission university within the Utah System of Higher Education. Taken from UVU’s Academic Master Plan (2018), Completion Plan (2019), Facilities Master Plan (2016), Strategic Plan for Managing Growth (2016), Inclusion Plan (2014), and the work of other internal and community-based groups, these initiatives represent UVU’s commitment to its mission as it ambitiously strives to serve the growing and diversifying student population and dynamic economy of its region.

These strategies and initiatives were developed through inclusive campus-wide conversations that engaged students, faculty, staff, and administrators. This development process united the UVU community on a clear vision for achieving its mission, enhancing student success, and responding to growth for the coming decade. In order to effectively and efficiently implement these strategies, UVU will expand efforts and attention to digital transformation and resource development.

Digital transformation: Technology will continue to be essential in providing an engaging, supportive, flexible, and inclusive student experience that leads to success and expands UVU’s educational capacity. UVU’s vice president of Digital Transformation leads the institution in adopting innovative technologies and strategies to optimize student learning, transform campus services, and expedite communication. For the latest on what the university is doing with technology, visit the UVU Digital Transformation page.

Resource development and stewardship: Building on its unprecedented levels of fundraising success and significant legislative support in the past decade, UVU will continue to leverage state resources with expanded external fundraising to efficiently implement the solutions in this plan.

UVU Action Commitments








Enhance student success and accelerate completion of meaningful credentials


Improve accessibility, flexibility, and affordability for all current and future UVU students


Strengthen partnerships for community, workforce, and economic development


Priority Initiatives

  1. Implement the UVU Completion Plan 2.0 (2019-2023)
  2. Assess and remove barriers at every stage of the student life cycle
  3. Support completion through comprehensively designed curriculum and services
  4. Enhance educational quality through the recruitment and retention of excellent and engaging faculty and staff
  1. Build out a coordinated multi-campus plan
  2. Expand flexible educational and online offerings
  3. Strengthen outreach to and support for underrepresented students
  4. Maintain commitment to affordability and accessibility
  1. Create seamless processes and practices for student transition from K-12 to UVU
  2. Improve industry partnerships to meet workforce and community needs
  3. Strengthen engaged learning and community engagement opportunities for students, faculty, and staff
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