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Is dual mission education the key to increasing postsecondary access?

May 30, 2018


Fewer than one in three students who enroll in community colleges go on to enroll in four-year institutions within six years, and former Weber State University president and current Utah state senator Ann Milner said during the recent Dual Mission Education Summit held at Utah Valley University this is indication that the “hand-off process … is not working as well as people expect.”

Weber State pioneered what’s now called in Utah dual mission education — the idea that a single institution can serve both the community college and baccalaureate missions for students. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said such institutions allow the state’s institutions “to be a little bit more nimble,” which is important if Utah is to achieve his goal of becoming one of the top-performing systems in education.

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