REL West and the Southwest Comprehensive Center at WestEd, in partnership with the offices of the Utah Governor, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Commissioner of Higher Education, hosted a one-day event that brought together the state’s K-16 education leaders to strengthen and accelerate efforts to increase college readiness, access, and success for all Utah students.

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Jocelyn Scheibe


Pathways to College: Next Steps for Utah

January 10, 2011 8:30AM - 3:30PM MST

Grand America Hotel
555 South Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

The event included a keynote address by William Tierney, Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Center for Higher Education Policy at the University of Southern California, who presented the research-based recommendations in Helping Students Navigate the Path to College: What High Schools Can Do, a practice guide published by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. Pamela Perlich, Senior Research Economist in the Bureau of Economic and Business Research, and Professor of Urban Planning at the University of Utah, shared current demographic, education, and economic data to connect the recommendations to the Utah context.

Following these presentations, Superintendent of Public Instruction Larry Shumway, Commissioner of Higher Education William Sederburg, and Mark Bouchard, Senior Managing Director of CB Richard Ellis Salt Lake City, representating Governor Gary Herbert’s Education Excellence Commission, discussed policy issues and recommendations that emerged from their recently released reports on this topic. In the afternoon session, participants met in mixed-role table groups to discuss the information presented and work together to develop and communicate their key priorities and proposed next steps. Each table developed and read a joint statement, followed by feedback and reflections by keynote speaker William Tierney and Neal Finkelstein, a senior research scientist at REL West.

Bryan Bowles, Davis School District Superintendent and a member of WestEd's Board of Directors, and Greg Bell, Lieutenant Governor of the State of Utah, provided closing remarks.

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