Industry success

Aligning education and training with industry needs is a symbiotic relationship, promoting both job growth and business expansion. These metrics explore the preparation of the workforce as well as the accessibility of opportunity expanding programs.

Average cost per award by University or college

$40,408
Average cost per award (2017)

The average cost per award describes the average cost of a degree of any kind to an institution, rather than to the student. These figures have been calculated to reflect constant dollars using a fiscal year average consumer price index. Average cost refers to all cost to the institution, including room and board, supplies and other expenses. While these costs vary greatly over time, this can often be attributed to short term cost increases such as a new building or program.

Larger campuses like the University of Utah and Utah State University are the most costly over time. Smaller, less expensive institutions are more subject to cost variation as increases/decreases to a lesser award cost will have a greater impact on the overall number. The highest cost per award was above $16,000 above the average across all Universities and colleges in 2016-17 while the least costly award was around $16,000 below the average.

2017 Custom Fit program

1,592
16,170
318,767
Companies served
Individuals served
Instructional hours given

The UTECH (Utah System of Technical Colleges) Custom Fit Program is designed to support industry and workforce development by providing training partnerships between technical education institutions and Utah companies. The program provides subsidized training customized to the needs of a particular employer in an effort to attract new business, encourage company expansion and provide valuable skills to Utah's workforce.

Percent of population with a bachelor's degree or above

32%
30%
32%
39%
Utah
National
Peer states
Benchmark states

Asian

White

African American/Black

Pacific Islander

Hispanic/Latino

American Indian

While Utah's population with a bachelor's degree or above is above the national average, it still has one of the largest populations reporting some college, no degree. Utahns with a bachelor's degree earn more on average throughout their lifetime than those with only a high school diploma. One of the key issues facing Utah's colleges and universities is an increase in demand due to the state's high fertility rate and overall population increase. Faced with these challenges, Utah's educational institutions have turned their focus to increasing affordability and accessibility to secondary education and facilitating the timely completion of degrees, so that they may be able to serve a greater number of students.

Degree attainment by race/ethnicity is similar between Utah and peer states with the exception of Pacific Islanders, who are more likely to hold a bachelor's degree in a peer state. Almost all racial and ethnic groups were more likely to have a postsecondary degree in a benchmark state. Differences in graduation rates between males and females are larger in Utah compared to national, benchmark and peer states. While females are less likely to have a degree in Utah, males are more likely to hold a degree in Utah compared to both national and peer states. Both males and females have higher postsecondary attainment in benchmark states than all other comparison states.

Male

Female

Percent of technical college completers in high demand fields

45%
Completers in high demand fields in 2017

High demand fields are determined by both employment outlook and wages. The majority of employment outlook is based on the projected number of total job openings in a given field within the state during a 10-year time period, and the remainder is the expected growth rate of that occupation within that same window of time. The wage computation of this metric uses the most recent median annual or contract wages surveyed through the Occupational Employment Statistics Survey. High demand is considered four-or-five star jobs as determined by the Department of Workforce Services.

Awards requiring fewer than 900 membership hours are defined as short term awards that take fewer than 900 hours to complete, while long term awards require between 900 and 1799 membership hours, which are equivalent to credit hours. In 2017, 45% of graduates from any program completed a certificate or degree in a high demand field. While 37% of students 25 and younger completed in high demand fields, that number is 24% higher for students over 25 years old. 19% more students from a long term certificate program graduated in a high demand field compared to short term certificate graduates. The greatest difference in completion rates is by gender with 27% of females completing in high demand fields compared to 70% of males.



Percent of college or University completers in high demand fields

49%
Completers in high demand fields in 2017

High demand fields are determined by both employment outlook and wages. The majority of employment outlook is based on the projected number of total job openings in a given field within the state during a 10-year time period, and the remainder is the expected growth rate of that occupation within that same window of time. The wage computation of this metric uses the most recent median annual or contract wages surveyed through the Occupational Employment Statistics Survey. High demand is considered a five-star job as determined by the Department of Workforce Services.

Awards requiring fewer than 900 membership hours are defined as short term awards that take fewer than 900 hours to complete, while long term awards require between 900 and 1799 membership hours, which are equivalent to credit hours. In 2017, 49% of graduates from any program completed a certificate or degree in a high demand field. While 43% of students 25 and younger completed in high demand fields, that number is 15% higher for students over 25 years old. The greatest difference in completion rates is between graduates with a bachelor's degree and graduates with an associates degree. Students with an associates degree completed in a high demand field at a rate of 26% compared to 71% of bachelor's degree graduates.

Tuition in Utah compared to national peer institutions

$5,132
Average tuition among Utah's public institutions in 2017

Tuition is compared by institution type and annualized for full-time first-time students paying in state tuition. Peer institutions are selected by the individual institutions and are approved by the Board of Regents at the Utah System of Higher Education. This metric does not include university fees or housing costs, focusing solely on the cost of tuition alone.

Utah's public colleges and universities have lower tuition costs compared to the majority of their peer institutions with the exception of Salt Lake Community College. The highest tuition in the state is at the University of Utah at $7,697, far below the average tuition for University of Utah peer institutions which is $10,554. The lowest tuition in the state is at Snow College at $3,276 followed closely by Salt Lake Community College at $3,319.

Percent of college or University students receiving assistance

36%
$5,114
Average percent of students awarded assistance in 2015
Average amount of assistance awarded in 2015

College and university students may be eligible for a number of grants, gift aid or waivers in order to help pay for their education. This metric explores the percent of students receiving tuition assistance and the average award amount, annualized by institution. While students may be awarded assistance, they are not obligated to use the amount awarded and can accept portions of an amount or reject the awarded assistance. The students included are full-time first-time degree seeking undergraduates. Assistance is broken down into three types: Pell grants, federal loans and federal, state, local institutional grant or aid from other sources. In order to qualify for Pell grants, a student must demonstrate financial need. These grants do not need to be repaid. Federal loans are available to all students who meet basic eligibility requirements, and while they do need to be repaid, they are often offered at a lower interest rate compared to private loans. Federal, state, local institutional grant or aid from other sources captures students who received any sort of grant or gift aid. These do not need to be repaid and may be based on a student's financial need or merits.

The largest percent of students receiving Pell grants is at Dixie State University at 39%, however, the largest average amount received is at Utah Valley University. The University of Utah falls in the middle in both of these categories despite having the most expensive tuition costs. The average amount of federal student loans however, is the highest at the University of Utah at $7,402, compared to the lowest average amount of $2,056 at Snow College. The greatest variation between institutions is in the category of grant or gift aid. 60% of Southern Utah University students were awarded funds compared to 30% of Salt Lake Community College students.

Percent of technical college students receiving assistance

19%
$2,814
Average percent of students awarded assistance in 2015
Average amount of assistance awarded in 2015

Technical college students may also be eligible for a number of grants, gift aid or waivers in order to help pay for their education. However technical college students are not eligible for federal student loans. This metric explores the percent of students receiving tuition assistance and the average amount awarded, annualized by institution. Assistance is broken down into two types: Pell grants and federal, state, local institutional grant or aid from other sources. In order to qualify for Pell grants, a student must demonstrate financial need. These grants do not need to be repaid. Federal, state, local institutional grant or aid from other sources captures students who received any sort of grant or gift aid. These do not need to be repaid either and may be based on a student's financial need or merits.

Dixie Technical College had the highest percent of Pell grant recipients at 22%, followed closely by Bridgerland, which has the highest average amount of Pell grants awarded at $4,857. Tooele Technical College did not have any Pell grant recipients in 2015. Dixie Technical College also had the highest percent of students awarded grant gift or aid at 47% and Brigderland the highest average amount of grant gift or aid awarded at $4,100. Tooele Technical College saw the lowest average award at $857.

Research expenditures at colleges and Universities

$442,750,673
Total research expenditures for colleges and Universities in 2016

Research expenditures are defined as the sum of all operating expenses associated with activities specifically organized to produce research outcomes. This metric includes all public non-technical colleges and universities with the exception of Salt Lake Community College, which does not have research expenditures. The University of Utah and Utah State University account for over 99% of all the institution's research expenditures combined.

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