Postsecondary access

Access to postsecondary education is critical for the economic health of the state. Not only do graduates earn more on average, but they are also less likely to face unemployment and more likely to report greater job satisfaction. These metrics will explore indicators related to postsecondary success, as well as outcomes for graduates.

Postsecondary retention

80%
Of university students who complete their first year return for a second year

The retention rate is the percentage of first-time students who attend a college or university and return for a second year. One of the largest predictors of retention is age and number of credits taken with younger full-time students returning at a greater rate than their older, part-time counterparts.

Students observed in this metric are given a five-year window to enroll and return to ensure students engaging in ecclesiastical service are reflected as returning students. Students transferring between public colleges and universities are captured as well.

Employment and wages following graduation from a University or college

89%
$50,580
Employed one year after graduation
Median wages five years after graduation

This metric observes the employment and wage outcomes for those graduating from a university or college from either a 1, 2 or 4 year program. While this measurement does not include those who are self-employed, federal employees or military personnel, the decrease in employment over time is likely the result of individuals choosing to leave Utah's workforce, for example, to raise children or pursue employment in another state.

The rise in median wages is reflective of wage growth for those staying in Utah's workforce. This is an increase of approximately 40% over a five-year time period.

Male

Female

One year

Five years


One year

Five years

Employment and wages following graduation from a technical college

90%
$34,050
Employed one year after graduation
Median wages five years after graduation

Similarly, this metric shows employment and wages for the non-self employed, non-federal, and non-military workforce following the completion of a certificate or training program at a Utah technical institution. Employment outcomes are similar to those who graduated from a university or college, with a decrease in employment likely the result of graduates choosing to leave Utah's workforce.

The rise in median wages is reflective of wage growth for those staying in Utah's workforce. This is an increase of approximately 30% over a five-year time period.

Male

Female

One year

Five years

Percent of University or college students engaged in distance education

10%
26%
Students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses in the fall of 2016
Students enrolled in some but not all distance education courses in the fall of 2016

Distance education is defined as a course where at least 80% of the coursework uses one or more technologies to teach students who are removed from the instructor. This metric looks at student enrollment in the fall semester of 2016, and does not distinguish between full-or part-time attendance. Part-time attendees are more likely to be enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Enrollment in both distance education and on campus coursework is more popular than an exclusively online semester with 26% of students enrolled in hybrid coursework compared to 10% enrolled exclusively in distance education. Snow College and Utah State University had the highest rates of students exclusively enrolled in distance courses; however Southern Utah University had the largest number of students enrolled in some but not all distance education courses.

Time to graduation for students seeking a bachelor's degree

17%
48%
Average 2016 graduation rate within 4 years
Average 2016 graduation rate within 8 years

This metric measures the percentage of a given cohort that has graduated with a bachelor's degree within 4, 6 and 8 years of entering college, minus exclusions such as students who leave for ecclesiastical service or to join the military. The University of Utah has the largest rate of graduation, as well as the greatest increase in the percent of graduates over time, with an increase of 50% from 4 and 8 year graduates. Dixie State had the lowest average graduation rate across all years at 20%, as well as the lowest increase in the graduation rate over time at 13% between year 4 and year 8.

Four years

Six years

Eight years

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

0
Certificates/degrees awarded per 100 full time students in 2017

This metric calculates the number of certificates or degrees awarded per 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) in a given school year. In contrast to graduation rates which typically measures first-time full- time students, this calculation includes students who attend part-time, have transferred from another institution or who are returning students. This metric also measures student growth, the capacity of the institution and annualized retention.

Certificates awarded per full-time technical college students

0.0
Certificates per student in 2017

This metric calculates the number of certificates earned per full-time equivalency (FTE), capturing solely certificate seeking students and the instructional activity dedicated to them, in order to mitigate for the varying lengths of certificates offered at Utah's technical colleges. These institutions have varying certificate lengths and curriculum in order to meet the needs of local employers and labor market needs in differing regions throughout the state.


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