Together, we can improve education in Utah.

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

Utahns want
to improve education

They consistently rank education as a top priority and worry more about education than almost any other issue. The good news is there are things we can do to improve education in Utah. Some are individual changes we can make, some will require all of us working together, and some are already being done but need to be scaled up. Our goal is to help everyone in Utah understand the specific things we can do to make sure all Utahns get the kind of education that leads to prosperous communities, strong families, and great quality of life.

Envision Utah
In 2015, more than 52,000 Utahns shared their vision for the future.

Utahns said they want to significantly improve education in Utah by implementing a set of proven strategies.

Since then, Envision Utah has been working with some of Utah’s top education experts to identify specific actions that would make (or are already making) the biggest positive impact on Utah’s students. These experts—including representatives from school districts, universities, businesses, as well as the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, Prosperity 2020, Education First, the United Way, and many other education-focused organizations—agree on a group of fundamental strategies. These strategies have been proven to work—in many cases right here in Utah.

In addition, Envision Utah conducted the largest and most extensive study of why Utahns care about education and what they expect from it. In sum, Utahns expect education to provide three things: a higher quality of life, the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their goals, and prosperous communities. 

We sincerely appreciate the expertise, advice, and support of our committee members.
Scott Anderson | Chair
President & CEO, Zions Bank
Hope Eccles | Chair
Former Member, Board of Trustees, University of Utah
Ron Jibson | Chair
Chairman, Questar Gas Company
Stuart Adams
Utah State Senate
Jesselie Anderson
Utah Board of Regents
Martin Bates
Superintendent, Granite School District
Lane Beattie
President and CEO, Salt Lake Chamber
Bonnie Jean Beesley
Former chair, Utah Board of Regents
Laura Belnap
Board member, Utah State Board of Education; Utah Online Schools
Laney Benedict
Director of Communications, PTA
John Bennion
Mark Bouchard
Senior Managing Director - Southwest Region, CBRE Utah – Principal Broker
Dave Buhler
Commissioner of Higher Education
Lonnie Bullard
Chairman, Jacobsen Construction
Steve Caplin
Chairman, Dixie Regional Medical Center
Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Utah House of Representatives
Wilford Clyde
Mayor, Springville; President, Clyde Companies
Bill Crim
President & CEO, United Way
Sydnee Dickson
Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Utah State Office of Education
Jose Enriquez
Latinos in Action
Jay Francis
Executive Vice President Corporate Affairs, Larry H. Miller Group and Miller Family Philanthropy
Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, NBCT
2009 Utah Teacher of the Year
Katharine Garff
Ken Garff Automotive Group; former member State Board of Regents and Utah State Board of Education
Francis Gibson
Utah House of Representatives
Natalie Gochnour
University of Utah
Tracy Gruber
Utah Department of Workforce Services
Matt Holland
President, UVU
Deneece Huftalin
President, Salt Lake Community College
James Jardine
Shareholder, Ray Quinney Nebeker
Justin Jones
Utah Valley University
Pat Jones
CEO, Women’s Leadership Institute
Hinckley Jones-Sanpei
Nolan Karras
Education First, co-chair
Rich Kendell
Education First, co-chair
Mark Knold
Utah Department of Workforce Services
Steve Kroes
Utah Foundation
Roderic Land
Eric Leavitt
CEO, The Leavitt Group
Susan Madsen
Keith McMullin
LDS Church/Incoming Chamber Chair
Kathie Miller
Mark and Kathie Miller Foundation; Executive Committee, United Way
Ann Millner
Utah State Senate
Allison Nicholson
U of U Utah Education Policy Center
Wayne Niederhauser
Utah State Senate
Steven Petersen
Petersen Inc.
Karen Peterson
Govenor's Office
Jon Pierpont
Executive Director, Utah Department of Workforce Services
John Pitt
Salt Lake Chamber
Joe Price
Tami Pyfer
Governor's Education Advisor
Chris Redgrave
Zions Bank
Kyle Reyes
Special Assistant to the President for Inclusion, UVU
Terry Shoemaker
Superintendent, Wasatch School District
David Simmons
CEO, Simmons Group
Lowry Snow
Utah House of Representatives
Jerry Stevenson
Utah State Senate
Juliette Tennert
University of Utah
Shawn Tiegen
Utah Foundation
Jim Wall
Former Publisher, Deseret News
Ruth Watkins
Senior Vice President of Acadamic Affairs, University of Utah
Rosemary Wixom
Former Primary President, LDS Church
Randy Woodbury
President, Woodbury Corporation
Envision Utah

Envision Utah was founded in the late 1990s to invite Utahns to consider what they wanted Utah to be like in the future, and to help them get involved in creating that future. Thousands of Utahns participated, and we created a vision—a plan—to help us achieve the goals we all wanted.

We’ve been doing the same thing across the state for 20 years, and in 2015 we led an effort to create a statewide vision for 2050

Our main mission is to engage Utahns in creating communities that are beautiful, prosperous, healthy and neighborly now and for generations to come.

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