Together, we can improve education in Utah.

Watch these videos and explore this site to learn what we can do to improve education.

Look beyond high school
Education beyond high school will prepare me for the future.
We all need more education beyond high school to ensure we have successful families and communities in the future.

The jobs of the future will require knowledge and skills that we can’t expect to gain in high school. But when we continue our education into college or another kind of post-high-school training, we’ll be prepared to find the jobs that will create a better quality of life for us and for future generations.

In addition, people with more education are more likely to volunteer, live longer, participate in civic activities, contribute to the economy, and have greater family stability.

UTAH SUCCESS STORIES
Empowering more students to succeed beyond high school

Latinos in Action (LIA) empowers Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities through college and career readiness. LIA students enroll in college at rates more than twice as high as Latino students nationally.  

By 2020, as many as 66% of jobs in Utah will require education beyond high school.

The economy is rapidly changing, and more and more people need to further their education beyond high school to succeed in that economy. People with only a high school diploma are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as people with a bachelor’s degree. But educational attainment in Utah is below the national average and is not keeping up with the changing economy.

If we want to remain a prosperous state in the future, we will need more people to further their education beyond high school.

There are lots of ways to continue education beyond high school, and each of them will help make our economy and communities stronger.

Trade schools, community colleges, technical certification programs, as well as colleges and universities, are all great ways to continue education and training beyond high school. All of them will help students be prepared to find jobs, pursue goals, and create better communities.

When students, for one reason or another, aren't already preparing for or considering education beyond high school, there are ways to empower them. For example, Latinos in Action, a high school course in Utah, has doubled the odds Latinos will enroll in college after graduation (see video to the left). 

Mentor
Encouragement

On average, it takes encouragement from parents and at least one other mentor to help students start and finish education beyond high school. The earlier the encouragement starts, the better. We all can play a role.

Access and Affordability

Maintaining affordability through low tuition, scholarships, grants, and other programs will put college within reach of more Utah students.

School
Readiness

High-quality K–12 education should prepare students to further their education after high school. This includes academic readiness, but also social skills, problem solving, and self-discipline.

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My Education Story
Why does education matter to you?

We all have a story about education. Remember that teacher that made an impact? Or the moment you realized why school mattered to you? Or when you felt like you could see wheels turning in your baby’s head? Click below to hear more stories and to share your own!

Our Research

Getting education beyond high school has been proven to deliver the outcomes Utahns want from education: a higher quality of life, the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their goals, and prosperous communities. Take a look at the research and resources below to learn how getting education beyond high school will create a brighter future for all of us.

 

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By 2020, 66% of jobs in Utah will require training beyond high school.
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Individuals with more education tend to live longer, engage in more civic activities, and feel happier.
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College graduates earn 74% more than those with only a high school diploma, which translates to more than $1 million over a lifetime.
Carnevale, A. P., Rose, S. J., & Cheah, B. (2011). The college payoff: Education, occupations, lifetime earnings.
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Completion rates for students attending part time are much lower than for students who attend full time. Being a part-time student at any point was found to reduce the chances of completing by more than 35 percent.

NCES. (May 2015). Characteristics of Postsecondary Students ; Adelman, C. (2006). The toolbox revisited: Paths to degree completion from high school through college. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Educational Sciences.

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High school counselors hold a key position to help increase the number of U.S. students receiving post-secondary degrees, particularly to address inequalities that prevent certain students from successfully transitioning to college.
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Academic preparation in the K-12 educational pipeline is one of the most important factors that contribute to being able to access and complete a post-secondary degrees or certificates.
Perna, L. W. (2006). Studying college access and choice: A proposed conceptual model. In Higher Education: (pp. 99-157). Springer Netherlands.
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The overall six-year completion rate for first-time degree-seeking students in Utah who started college in fall 2006 was 32.21%, compared to the national average of 60.57%.
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Utah leads the nation in ‘some college, no degree,’ but Utah should aspire to lead the nation, as it once did, in the percentage of its population with a college degree.
Utah State Board of Regents (November 2015). Utah: A State of Opportunity. 2015 Strategic Plan.
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Completing college is much more important than entering college on all sorts of levels: socioeconomic success, physical and mental health, longevity, life satisfaction, and more.
Our Kids, Robert Putnam, page 187
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In a survey of 151 Utah-based employers, 71 percent reported some level of difficulty in finding enough skilled or qualified hires, and 32 percent said a talent shortage is the greatest factor impeding economic growth.
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The gap between the wages of a family of two college graduates and a family of high school graduates has grown by $30,000 since 1979.
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Utah’s students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch participate in college at much lower rates than those students who do not.
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Utah is one of the lowest in the country in state need-based aid per student, placing the cost of even a two-year degree beyond the reach of more and more young people in poverty.

Newman, J. (2014, January 29). State funding for need-based aid averages less than $500 per student. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/blogs/data/2014/01/29/state-funding-for-need-based-aid-averages-less- than-500-per-student/

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Help every
child succeed

We all face challenges, but when we remove barriers and give every child a chance to succeed, we help make our communities stronger too.

If we help students gain knowledge and skills in school, we’ll give them the confidence to pursue their goals in life and help them create a better life for their own families—and contribute to better communities for all of us.

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Talk to
your baby

When we talk, read, and sing to babies and toddlers, we help their brains grow so they can gain the knowledge and skills they’ll need in life. Talking to and interacting with children from the moment they’re born will lay the foundation for the happy, productive communities we want in the future.