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Welcome Back!

Interim President Rich Kendell August 19, 2013

Welcome to the Thunderbird Family

15 new faculty 56 new staff members

Goodbye to Trustees

Gayle Pollock

Nina Barnes

Ryan Horlacher

New Board of Trustees Members

Matt Cannon

Ann Marie Allen

Jeff Hertig

Farewell to President Council Members

Donna Eddleman

Dave Tanner

Stephen Allen Interim VP of Student Services

Tiger Funk Executive Director of Facilities Management and Planning

Jacob Askeroth President Council Fellow

“If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.” Wendell Berry

“He is not talking about the kind of location that can be determined by looking at a map or a street sign. He is talking about the kind of knowing that involves the senses, the memory, the history of a family or a tribe. He is talking about the knowledge of place that comes from working in it in all weathers, making a living from it, suffering from its catastrophes, loving its mornings or evenings or hot noons, valuing it for the profound investment of labor and feeling that you, your parents and grandparents, your all-but-unknown ancestors have put into it.” Wallace Stegner from the essay “Sense of Place”

Appreciating Our Employees 2012-2013 Employee Giving Campaign A participation rate of


National average is 15 – 20%

• 1,756 graduates – 259 master’s – 1,033 bachelor’s – 456 associate’s – 8 one-year certificates

• Graduates age ranges from 17-63 • Gender breakdown – 1,009 Female – 744 Male

• Graduates came from 35 U.S. states and 20 countries

$6 Million from Sorenson Legacy Foundation for Center for the Arts

Keala Settle Tony Award Nominee

Extraordinary Educators

3rd Lowest Debt by Graduates • US News annual rankings

Princeton Review’s Best College List • Ninth consecutive appearance

• “Best in the West” category (9 times?) • Only school in state of Utah as “Best Value College: 2013”

America’s 100 Best College Buys • By Institutional Research and Evaluation

T-Bird Landing

August 21

Student Academic Convocation

August 22 at 1 p.m.

Carillon Tradition

August 23 at 11:15 a.m.

Carillon Tradition

Opening Home Game: UCSB

August 28

Opening Home Game: Fort Lewis

September 7

September 10

Opening Home Game: Weber State

September 19

September 30

October 10 - 12

October 11

Driggs Lecture

March 25, 2014

• Grow • Engage • Deliver on the Promise • Plan for the Future • Innovate

Benefits of a Higher Education 8.2%


59843 5.5%







Less than High School Diploma

Bachelor's Degree Median Wage

Unemployment Rate

Sources: American Communities Survey 2011, Utah Department of Workforce Services


State investment benefits state revenues Utah Population (25 & over) by education level & state tax contribution

12% 34% No Postsecondary Education 40%


48% &28% Bachelor's Higher 62

State support is central to affordability FY 2008

Tuition 37%

Funding per FTE

Tax Funds 63%

FY 2013

Tuition 51%

Tax Funds 49%

Since 2008: • Annual tax funding per full-time students has decreased $1,754. • With tuition, total annual funding per full-time student has decreased $642.

We’re headed the wrong direction • Among US adults 65 & older, Utah ranks 6th in associate’s degree or higher • Among US adults age 25-34, Utah ranks 23rd • Between 1994 and 2009 Utah’s youth (18-24) population grew by 40%, while first time freshmen enrollment grew by 20%

Source: Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce


Source of Report:

Office of IR & Assessment at SUU, August 2013

USHE Graduation Rates 2013 59%

34% 37%

23% 24%

39% 45% 48%

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Source of Report:

Office of IR & Assessment at SUU, August 2013


It should be noted that the retention rate for the 2011 cohort will likely increase when new missionary reports become available to SUU from the LDS Church. This will likely increase exclusions for the Fall 2011 cohort.

USHE Retention Rates Chart with all of 2013 USHE Retention 88% 72%



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David Kelley

Employee Welcome Back 2013  

President Kendell's presentation to faculty/staff; August 19, 2013

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