VISION LEADERSHIP COMMITMENT
s we celebrate our 125th anniversary, we find ourselves in the most exciting time in the College’s history. This coming May we will award our first bachelor’s degrees, to a group of music students. Our music program is unique in the state and, as we suspected, is causing at least two Utah universities to develop similar degree opportunities at their schools. Our first four-year degree has created so much interest that several professional musicians came back to Snow College to enroll in our program. And this year, a number of music students transferred to Snow College from large urban universities. While the music program itself is extremely exciting and innovative, it also serves as the most public expression of the excitement and innovation going on in all our departments across both campuses.
Our focused work over the past several years to fine-tune our career and technical education programs, located primarily on our Richfield campus, led the Six County Association of Governments and local economic development officers to recognize us this year for our “vision, leadership, and commitment in developing educational programs that assist in retention and expansion of business and industry within the Six County region.” This local recognition means a great deal to us because we have been working hard to serve local needs. But we are continuing to garner increased national attention as well. There are approximately 1,200 colleges in America that can be described as community, junior, associate, or technical colleges. From this crowd of schools, spread across 50 states, Snow College was ranked ninth in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine and eighth by The Best Schools, an Internet-based college and university ranking service. These are new recognitions that validate last year’s identification by CNN Money of Snow College as the sixth best in the nation, as well as the prestigious Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute ranking that placed Snow College in the top 10 percent tier. They all use slightly different criteria, but they all find us at the top. Despite the recgnition and anniversary celebration this year, there will be no resting on our laurels. As the saying goes, “success leads to further success,” and we are just getting going! We are presently engaged in a huge strategic planning effort that will examine every one of our programs. The commitment among our faculty and staff to step up our game is very exciting indeed. And we don’t want to leave you out of the action; please join with us in building opportunities for our students. We welcome your suggestions and, to the extent you are able, donations for scholarships. You should be proud of your school—I sure am!
Scott L Wyatt President
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