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Time to graduation for Utah students seeking a bachelor's degree

July 19, 2019

time to graduation

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 average graduation rate within 4 years was 17% while the average graduation rate within 8 years was 48% in 2016.

Utah students engaged in distance education

July 10, 2019


In Utah, distance education is defined as a course where at least 80% of the course uses one or more technologies to teach students who are removed from the instructor. This P-20 metric on distance education looks at Utah student enrollment in the fall semester of 2016. 

New Research Document Style Guide Released

By: Kelsey A. Martinez, Ph.D.
July 3, 2019


This week, the UDRC released its research document style guide. The guide assures uniformity and high quality of research documents released by the UDRC. All research documents follow APA style for grammar and citations. At the content and organization level, our research documents will follow an academic style format.

UDRC previews its new research at “Bagels & Research” Event

June 27, 2019


The Utah Data Research Center (UDRC) previewed its new research products and data narratives at an inaugural data research meetup with more than 50 peers from the research community including from higher education institutions, policy centers, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. Below are short summaries about the new research that will be released in the coming months from UDRC. 

Utah Data Research Center receives Best of Utah award for partnership

June 12, 2019


The Utah Data Research Center received a Best of Utah award for “Best Partnership” at the Utah Digital Government Summit on June 4, 2019. The award recognized the center’s efforts in collaborating with several government agencies to consolidate datasets for research and analysis. Read part of the award nomination that explained the success of UDRC with the help of its partners. 

Employment and wages in Utah after postsecondary graduation

May 24, 2019


One of the metrics in Utah’s Education Pipeline observes the employment and wage outcomes for those graduating from a university or college from either a 1-, 2-, or 4-year program. For employment outcomes, 89% of students were employed at one year after graduation. 

Top Five Grammar Rules from the APA Style Guide

By: Britnee Johnston
May 24, 2019

apa style

Some grammar rules are hotly debated, such as using the oxford comma or not. To help our team at the Utah Data Research Center avoid conflicting grammar choices, we follow the APA style guide for our research reports and data narratives. It is important to have consistent writing standards to ensure all our written products have the same branded style. We share five of the most common APA style rules we have come across in our projects.  

How many first-time Utah college students return for a second year?

May 15, 2019

postsecondary retention

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. Retention is an indicator related to postsecondary success. In 2012, 80% of students who entered a Utah Systems of Higher Education (USHE) institution had returned for a second semester by 2016.  

How to make SVGs in D3 resize with the screen

By: Britnee Johnston
May 8, 2019

D3 code

As part of the Utah Data Research Center’s design philosophy, we ensure our data narratives are intuitive and seamless—regardless of the device a user is using to view it. In order to do this, we code our D3 graphs to be responsive in size on any screen format including cellphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.  

Utah students earning credits in advanced courses

May 1, 2019

Advanced course chart.

In 2017, 59% of Utah high school students earned credit in an advanced course. Participation in advanced courses not only helps prepare students for employment, but helps them earn college credit as well. The four options for advanced coursework are Advanced Placement courses (AP), International Baccalaureate courses (IB), Concurrent Enrollment (CE) and Career and Technical Education courses (CTE).  

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