Epilogue

Data Partners

Utah State Board of Education


Peer and Benchmark States

Peer states include: Colorado, Montana, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Benchmark states include: Massachusetts and New Jersey.


K-12 Education

Proficiency in core academic subjects

Data source: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 1998-2017.

Citations: About NAEP. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about.

NAEP is given to a representative sample of students. Results are reported for groups of students with similar characteristics.

Data is suppressed for observations that do not meet reporting standards. As such, available demographic information will differ from year-to-year. A test score of 0 indicates the score for a cohort rounds to 0.

Science standards following 2009 differ from previous years, as does the writing framework following 2011. Scores for NAEPs data is cumulative across outcomes, with advanced students counted as proficient.


Percent of students who are proficient in core subjects in Utah

Data source: Utah State Board of Education

Citations: SAGE Assessments- What do student results mean? (n.d.). Retrieved from https://sageportal.org/core/fileparse.php/4003/urlt/ParentBrochure.pdf.


Postsecondary readiness

Percent of students placed in remedial math or English

Data source: Utah Systems of Higher Education

Citations: New report highlights the costs of college remediation. (n.d.). From https://higheredutah.org/new-report-highlights-the-costs-of-college-remediation.

Remedial is defined as any English/math course less than 1000, and pertains only to first year students. The University of Utah does not offer remedial courses; this is according to Mike Martineau, Ph.D. Director of institutional analysis at the University of Utah


Percent of students who graduate from high school in four years

Data source: Utah State Board of Education


Percent of students scoring 18 or above on the ACT

Data source: Utah State Board of Education

Citation: About the ACT Test. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act-educator/the-act-test.html#order-reg-materials.


Percent of students who have earned credit in an advanced course

Data source: Utah State Board of Education

Students enrolled in multiple advanced courses are counted only once. Enrollment is captured as opposed to credit earned.


Postsecondary access

Citation: Top 10 Reasons Why College is Important. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.snhu.edu/about-us/news-and-events/2017/08/why-is-college-important.


Postsecondary retention

Data source: Utah Systems of Higher Education


Employment and wages following graduation from a university or college

Data sources: Utah Systems of Higher Education, Department of Workforce Services

Graduates from 2012 are the most recent cohort available for 5-year wage information. This information does not include individuals employed out-of-state who completed a degree/certificate from a Utah Systems of Higher Education (USHE), or individuals employed in Utah who did not complete a degree/certificate from a USHE institution. Individuals who are self-employed, federal employees or military personnel are not captured.

Reported wage is limited in that it does not include the hours worked by employee(s), employee hourly wage rates, or the various type of wage payments suck as stocks, tips, in-kind or bonuses.

Employment figures reflect individuals who were active in Utah's labor force, not just for a respective year but for a five-year window.

Wages are for full-time, year-round workers.


Employment and wages following graduation from a university or college

Data sources: Utah Systems of Technical College, Department of Workforce Services

Graduates from 2012 are the most recent cohort available for 5-year wage information. This information does not include individuals employed out-of-state who completed a degree/certificate from a Utah System of Technical Colleges institution (UTECH), or individuals employed in Utah who did not complete a degree/certificate from a UTECH institution. Individuals who are self-employed, federal employees or military personnel are not captured.

Reported wage is limited in that it does not include the hours worked by employee(s), employee hourly wage rates, or the various type of wage payments suck as stocks, tips, in-kind or bonuses.

Employment figures reflect individuals who were active in Utah's labor force, not just for a respective year but for a five-year window.

Wages are for full-time, year-round workers.


Percent of university or college students engaged in distance education

Data source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System

Data used is provisional release data

Source: Distance-delivered courses are mainstream: 40% of USHE students enroll in at least one distance-delivered course. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://higheredutah.org/distance-ed-40-mainstream.


Time to graduation for students seeking a bachelor's degree

Data source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System

Data used is provisional release data. Students who transfer and complete a degree at another institution are not included as completers in these rates. Graduation rates are reflective of full-time, first-time, degree seeking students.


Certificates/degrees awarded per 100 full-time college or university students

Data source: Utah Systems of Higher Education

Citations: Illinois Board of Higher Education. (November 2016). 2016 Degree Productivity at Illinois Public Universities (IBHE DataPoints 2016-7). Springfield, IL


Industry success

Average award cost by institution

Data source: Utah Systems of Higher Education

Award costs include campus expansion and building which can cause large variance in cost over time.


Custom Fit Program

Data source: Utah Systems of Technical Colleges

Citations: Utah System of Technical Colleges policies. (2018, March 15). Retrieved from http://www.utech.edu/assets/docs/202-2018-03-15 Edition.pdf.

Percent of population with a bachelor's degree or above

Data source: 2012-2016 American Community Survey 5-year estimates

Gender and population totals report individuals 25 and older to capture postsecondary attainment

Citations: Utah: A State of Opportunity Utah State Board of Regents Strategic Plan 2025. (2016, January 11). Retrieved from https://le.utah.gov/interim/2017/pdf/00002463.pdf.

Percent of technical college completers in high demand fields

Data sources: Department of Workforce Services, Utah Systems of Technical Colleges

Citations: Job outlook Data. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://jobs.utah.gov/jobseeker/smartstart/joboutlookdata.pdf.

Percent of college or university completers in high demand fields

Data sources: Department of Workforce Services, Utah Systems of Higher Education

Citations: Job outlook Data. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://jobs.utah.gov/jobseeker/smartstart/joboutlookdata.pdf.


Tuition in Utah compared to national peer institutions

Data source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System

Tuition is annualized for full-time first-time students paying in state tuition. Cost is tuition alone and does not include university fees or housing costs.

Percent of college or university students receiving assistance and average award

Data source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System

Citations: Grants and Scholarships. (2018, September 18). Retrieved from

Citations: Grants and Scholarships. (2018, September 18). Retrieved from https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships.

Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans. (2018, September 18). Retrieved from https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/loans/subsidized-unsubsidized.

Federal Pell Grants. (2018, September 18). Retrieved from https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/pell.

Students enrolled in a bachelor's, associates or vocational programs are included in this metric.


Research expenditures at colleges and universities

Data source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System



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