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President's Welcome Back Assembly 2017

By President Scott L Wyatt on August 30, 2017 in

President's Corner

On opening day in August, President Scott L Wyatt presented his State of the University to Faculty and Staff. Audience members filled the Great Hall with overflow in the Whiting room.

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Wyatt is committed to transparancy in the budget process. Each request will be tied to the Strategic Plan

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The 2017-2018 year will continue the trajectory to increase the reputation of the university.

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He reminded Faculty and Staff about the extensive market research completed in 2015 showing Familiarity and the Perception of Quality are related. SUU's ideal position will be in the Favored School quadrant, rather than the current position of Undifferentiated.

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Increased familiarity raises the reputation of the university and as a result the reputation of all those who work at SUU. It means SUU will more easily recruit new faculty and staff, build support from the legislature and donors, recruit highly qualified students, and add value to their diploma when searching for a job

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We have made great strides in engaging our followers on social media and are now ranked in the top ten in the nation for Twitter engagement.

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A recent spot survey of prospective students shows that we have increased in Favorability by 9.5% in just over two years.



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A component of enrollment is retention of students from one year to the next. SUU will increase completion, and retention is used as a benchmark. 

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SUU is positioned very well in Graduation Rates among public regional universities in the Intermountain West.

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This is a breakdown of the degrees awarded to the graduates in 2017. 

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Student Services has recently made drastic changes to the on-boarding process of new students. See more about this effort in this video, Intentional Connections

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The athletes at SUU are among the best students in the NCAA. 

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 General education has been difficult to innovate. SUU has created Jumpstart which integrates GE courses into a single year and is cohort based.

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Head count may reach 10,000 by the end of Spring term in 2018.

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SUU has increased enrollment for the third year in a row. 

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The quality of our students is going up and the entering class of 2017 will be the best prepared class in history.

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Class sizes have remained almost the same with the addition of new faculty.

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Summer enrollments are up helping students graduate faster.

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SUU is building a more diverse student population by growing international enrollments.

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SUU will not tolerate any discrimination. Campus will be a safe space for students to learn. Sexual abuse of any kind will never be tolerated. A search is on for a full time Title IV coordinator and SUU is forming a campus safety advisory committee.

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A new performance center for athletics will be built.

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The SUU preschool and lab will be built as SUU will request funding through the legislature. 

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Our current business building will be retrofitted to Geosciences.

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T-Birds travel more than ever with an increase of 35% in study abroad programs. 

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Service has increased to 24 hours per student. 

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SUU has been honored with the arrival of the NSEE Archive demonstrating leadership in Experiential Learning. 

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The president of NSSE explains why in this quote.

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For the 30th year running, SUU hosted theRural Summit and Gov. Herbert announced a new jobs initiative. 

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SUU competed in the Rocketbirds competition and earned honors. Rocketbirds is one example of the many programs faculty and staff help students with over the summer. 

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SUU will defend the title of Most Outdoorsy in 2016 after winning the title two years ago. 

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The SUU aviation program expanded the fleet to accomodate growth. 

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The Utah Shakespeare Festival is in full swing, visit for tickets.

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Utah has the fourth lowest tuition in the US. 

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The value of a college education is seen here showing the recession hit hardest those with no college. 


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