Mission and Vision


In his 2012 State of the University address, President Matthew Holland explained that upon his arrival as UVU’s new university president, one of the first data points made known to him was the unusually low percentage of women entering higher education. In his speech, President Holland states:

"Utah’s female participation rate of 44% is an inverse of the rest of the nation which sits at 56%. Compared to all other 50 states, Utah is dead last in terms of the percentage of female students enrolled in postsecondary institutions. And UVU sits as the lowest of the low at 43%".


Since UVU has the absolute lowest nationwide statistics for women graduating, the need to address the issue is critical. UVU sees the significant need to take the lead with regard to women and education. According to the Utah Women & Education Project (UWEP), there are two parts to the concern:

  1. a lower number of young women going to college initially after high school and
  2. a higher number of college dropouts (i.e., women who start college and do not complete).

Formal postsecondary education is a critical foundation for Utah women of all ages to be able to fully develop themselves toward reaching their inherent potential. At UVU we are striving to support women in entering and completing postsecondary degrees or certificates as well as increasing the number of females in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

The Women's Success Center has been created for this purpose.


Increase the number of women who enter Utah Valley University and complete postsecondary degrees or certificates.


THE MISSION OF THE WOMEN'S SUCCESS CENTER IS TO HELP WOMEN ENTER AND GRADUATE FROM UVU in order to Improve their lives and the lives of their families, To increase financial stability, and to Positively impact society.


  1. Confidence: empower each woman to see herself as a capable, confident person who can accomplish her educational goals.
  2. Collaboration: empower each woman to design her educational pathway and navigate the barriers that may stand in her way.
  3. Completion: empower each woman to complete a postsecondary degree or certificate at Utah Valley University.