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President’s Initiatives

As Utah’s flagship research institution, the University of Utah plays an instrumental role in the entrepreneurial and economic well-being of the state. The U has a long history of being at the forefront of innovation in a wide-range of fields that include business, bioengineering, health care and computer science. Our path-breaking research is the result of world-class faculty working in collaboration with staff, students and the community, and supported by access to first-rate facilities. The U values interdisciplinary partnerships that reflect diverse perspectives and voices from throughout our campus, the state and the world.  As we strive to provide an exceptional educational experience for our students, we see timely completion as our most urgent obligation while ensuring access to higher education remains a priority. Tactics guiding this initiative include innovative models of financial assistance, college-to-career investments and use of data analytics to guide students on their academic pathway.

Strategy 2025

Higher education is ripe for innovation and we want to harness the creative power of our campus community in coming up with a blueprint for the future.

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The Center for Violence Prevention

The Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Utah will serve as a national leader in the fight to eliminate relationship and sexual violence among U.S. college students, using a power-conscious, intersectional framework to bridge the gap between research and practice.

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The College Completion Project

Representatives from more than 30 higher education institutions and organizations from across the country came to the University of Utah during Fall 2019 to discuss college completion challenges and opportunities.

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The American Dream Ideas Challenge

the University of Utah’s American Dream Ideas Challenge seeks to fund the most compelling ideas to help foster access to and support for a thriving middle class in Utah.

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Invest in U

Invest in U provides income share agreements (ISAs) for students in all majors who are within two years of completing their degrees. This innovative financing option provides the flexibility students need as their interests, passions, jobs and the workforce change.

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