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First graduates from SUU's filmmaking program ready for action

First graduates from SUU's filmmaking program ready for action

Haven Scott, St. George News  |  Posted July 18 - 8:39 a.m.  |  Save Story

While the Utah Film Commission is celebrating 100 years of movie making in the Beehive State, Southern Utah University is set to graduate its first students earning a bachelor's degree in filmmaking in 2024.
Dave Buhler, longtime commissioner of higher education and politician, dies at 67

Dave Buhler, longtime commissioner of higher education and politician, dies at 67

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Updated July 17 - 3:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's former commissioner of higher education and longtime politician Dave Buhler has died at the age of 67.
Time to complete the FAFSA is dwindling, but Utah students can still take advantage

Time to complete the FAFSA is dwindling, but Utah students can still take advantage

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted July 17 - 3:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

It still isn't too late to fill out and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Utah System of Higher Education is pushing to get more Utah students to do so.
Former head of University of Utah's diversity division, axed by HB261, is stepping down

Former head of University of Utah's diversity division, axed by HB261, is stepping down

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted July 16 - 9:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

Mary Ann Villarreal, who headed the University of Utah's equity, diversity and inclusion division before its elimination because of HB261, is leaving to take another post.
Winter Sports School in Park City helps student-athletes pursue academics, sport

Winter Sports School in Park City helps student-athletes pursue academics, sport

Karah Brackin, KSL-TV  |  Posted July 15 - 6:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Winter Sports School in Park City was designed to bridge the best of both worlds — academic and sports — at the highest level.
Nearly half of American parents would go into debt to make their children happy, study finds

Nearly half of American parents would go into debt to make their children happy, study finds

Emma Pitts, Deseret News  |  Posted July 15 - 6:20 a.m.  |  Save Story

Parents love their children, and that should be a given. But are most parents willing to go into debt for the sake of their child's social life? Apparently, nearly half of American parents would.
Utah Valley University promotes K-12 civic education with new master's program

Utah Valley University promotes K-12 civic education with new master's program

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted July 14 - 7:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Valley University's new program in constitutional government, civics and law offers two tracks — one for current or prospective K-12 teachers and another for research.
University of Utah's purchase of City Centre OK'd by state higher education board

University of Utah's purchase of City Centre OK'd by state higher education board

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted July 14 - 2:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

The University of Utah will soon acquire a 10-story office building and acreage in downtown Salt Lake City for the "opportunistic price" of $38 million, a university official told higher education officials on Friday.
When failure is too much: New research identifies limits to learning

When failure is too much: New research identifies limits to learning

Catriona Maria, Associated Press  |  Posted July 14 - 11:43 a.m.  |  Save Story

Contrary to the widespread belief that people learn from their mistakes, new science suggests that failure is not always the best teacher.
Empowering girls: St. George construction camp aims to build future industry professionals

Empowering girls: St. George construction camp aims to build future industry professionals

Bridger Palmer, St. George News  |  Posted July 14 - 11:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

While their peers enjoyed the beginning of summer break, 16 girls learned hands-on construction skills through the "Build the World, Girls! Construction Camp," held at Career Tech High School.
Utah breaks ground on 'incredible' new Antelope Island visitor center

Utah breaks ground on 'incredible' new Antelope Island visitor center

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted July 13 - 7:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

A much-anticipated project to enhance the visitor center at one of Utah's most-visited state parks is now underway.
Abby Cox: Parents love teachers 'because they love our kids'

Abby Cox: Parents love teachers 'because they love our kids'

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted July 13 - 10:36 a.m.  |  Save Story

Educators from across Utah were honored Monday as "Teachers of the Year."
Show Up for Teachers: Why connecting with others matters

Show Up for Teachers: Why connecting with others matters

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted July 9 - 10:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

Human connection expert tells attendees that novice teachers paired with a more experienced educator are more likely to remain in teaching.
Longtime staffer named new superintendent of Granite School District

Longtime staffer named new superintendent of Granite School District

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted July 9 - 8:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ben Horsley was named as the new superintendent of Granite School District in an emotional meeting Tuesday evening.
Poll finds only 36% of Americans have confidence in higher education

Poll finds only 36% of Americans have confidence in higher education

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Updated July 8 - 10:58 a.m.  |  Save Story

A new poll finds Americans are increasingly skeptical about the value and cost of college. More than two-thirds of adults surveyed in the poll say they feel the U.S. higher education system is headed in the "wrong direction."
Why TikTok's 'Lost My Mind' trend matters: Insights into teens' digital footprints

Why TikTok's 'Lost My Mind' trend matters: Insights into teens' digital footprints

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted July 7 - 4:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

The "I remember when I lost my mind" TikTok trend is funny — and sheds light on what it was like for young adults to grow up on social media.
St. George woman prepares for Miss Utah USA, aims to empower youth through tech education

St. George woman prepares for Miss Utah USA, aims to empower youth through tech education

Jessi Bang, St. George News  |  Posted July 4 - 10:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

Miss Utah USA contestant Emily Camacho is poised to showcase not just her beauty but also her commitment to empowering the community through tech education and advocacy.
Jordan School District is 1 of 3 US districts honored for use of technology in education

Jordan School District is 1 of 3 US districts honored for use of technology in education

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted July 3 - 5:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Jordan School District received the International Society for Technology in Education Distinguished District Award for demonstrating effectiveness and innovation through technology.
Utah's largest school district could split through interlocal agreements

Utah's largest school district could split through interlocal agreements

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted July 2 - 8:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

Alpine School District could still be splitting, though, not by way of a ballot measure put forward by the district's school board.
Who's the new dean of the University of Utah business school?

Who's the new dean of the University of Utah business school?

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted July 1 - 7:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kurt Dirks, a first-generation college student whose scholarly pursuits have focused on trust and values-based leadership, has joined the University of Utah's School of Business as its dean.
US court allows part of Biden student debt relief plan to resume

US court allows part of Biden student debt relief plan to resume

Nate Raymond, Reuters  |  Updated July 1 - 12:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

A U.S. appeals court allowed President Joe Biden's administration to move forward with implementing a key part of a new student debt relief plan designed to lower monthly payments for millions of Americans.
How will Louisiana's new 10 Commandments classroom requirement be funded and enforced?

How will Louisiana's new 10 Commandments classroom requirement be funded and enforced?

Sara Cline, Associated Press  |  Posted June 30 - 5:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

As a legal battle ensues over a new Louisiana law requiring the Ten Commandments to be displayed in classrooms, the details of exactly how the mandate will be implemented and enforced remain unclear.
'It's abrupt, it's sad': Weber State, University of Utah students brace for cultural center closings

'It's abrupt, it's sad': Weber State, University of Utah students brace for cultural center closings

Tim Vandenack and Emma Everett, KSL.com  |  Posted June 29 - 12:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

Weber State University and the University of Utah held receptions this week to mark the looming closure of cultural centers at the schools. It's a change some are sorry to see.
Provo nonprofit highlighted for helping adults with autism live independently

Provo nonprofit highlighted for helping adults with autism live independently

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted June 27 - 9:11 a.m.  |  Save Story

SenicView Academy in Provo is the subject of a new documentary highlighting the school for its work to help adults with autism live independently.
4 State School Board incumbents in Utah faced GOP primary election opponents

4 State School Board incumbents in Utah faced GOP primary election opponents

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted June 26 - 1:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two of four incumbent members of the Utah State Board of Education, all Republicans, appear to be losing their reelection bids in Tuesday's primary election.
US Geological Survey adopts BYU-made water cycle curriculum to be taught nationwide

US Geological Survey adopts BYU-made water cycle curriculum to be taught nationwide

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted June 23 - 8:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

A team of BYU scientists, educators and creatives developed updated water cycle resources for teachers that include the impact of humans.
Experts urge parents to talk to their kids about marijuana

Experts urge parents to talk to their kids about marijuana

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted June 22 - 10:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

Nearly half of the states allow legal recreational use of marijuana. It sends a mixed message to kids about the dangers of marijuana to their still-developing brains. This is where parents can get involved.
Row, row, row your concrete: BYU hosts concrete canoe championships

Row, row, row your concrete: BYU hosts concrete canoe championships

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted June 21 - 9:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

The ASCE Civil Engineering Student Championships brings together 25 universities to race concrete canoes designed and made by civil engineering students.
Utah's economy strong over past year, report says

Utah's economy strong over past year, report says

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted June 21 - 5:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah's economy has been strong over the last year, adding a cumulative 38,100 jobs since May 2023.
Utah's full-day kindergarten shows early return on investment

Utah's full-day kindergarten shows early return on investment

Deanie Wimmer, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 21 - 8:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

After the first year, the expansion of full-day kindergarten in Utah shows unprecedented growth and explosive demand.
Davis Tech strikes partnership with Rasa to aid students with criminal records

Davis Tech strikes partnership with Rasa to aid students with criminal records

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted June 21 - 7:40 a.m.  |  Save Story

Davis Technical College is taking steps to help students navigate past criminal records on their way to employment and professional licensure through a first-of-its-kind partnership with Utah-based Rasa.
University of Utah to cut centers for Black, female, LGBT students to comply with new state law

University of Utah to cut centers for Black, female, LGBT students to comply with new state law

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 20 - 8:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

The University of Utah will eliminate cultural centers for Black, female and LGBT students as it reorganizes its diversity initiatives to comply with HB261.
New law requires all Louisiana public school classrooms to display the Ten Commandments

New law requires all Louisiana public school classrooms to display the Ten Commandments

Sara Cline, Associated Press  |  Updated June 20 - 8:41 a.m.  |  Save Story

Louisiana has become the first state to require that the Ten Commandments be displayed in every public school classroom. Its republican governor on Wednesday signed the bill mandating the displays.
USU creating new program to help more people with disabilities nationwide

USU creating new program to help more people with disabilities nationwide

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 20 - 8:08 a.m.  |  Save Story

Utah State University will be creating a new program to help more people affected by disabilities get the tools they need to learn. 
Utah lawmakers vote to block federal protections for LGBTQ+ students under Title IX

Utah lawmakers vote to block federal protections for LGBTQ+ students under Title IX

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Updated June 19 - 7:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah lawmakers convened in a special session on Juneteenth to declare the state's intent not to follow a soon-to-be-enacted federal rule providing anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ+ students under Title IX.
Weber School District opens second teen center at Bonneville High School

Weber School District opens second teen center at Bonneville High School

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted June 18 - 9:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Weber School District on Tuesday opened its second teen center to serve as a safe haven and provide vital resources for students.
School safety task force discuss new requirements for schools as part of new law

School safety task force discuss new requirements for schools as part of new law

Brianna Chavez, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 18 - 1:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

The School Safety Security Task Force met on Monday for the first time this year to discuss new school safety requirements implemented in HB84.
Utah Tech receives NASA grant for water management solutions project

Utah Tech receives NASA grant for water management solutions project

Bridger Palmer, St. George News  |  Posted June 17 - 9:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Tech University has been awarded a NASA mini-grant to develop a CubeSat aiming to aid water resource management in Utah.
The sometimes amusing, sometimes troubled history of Utah's school mascots

The sometimes amusing, sometimes troubled history of Utah's school mascots

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted June 17 - 7:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

June 17 is National Mascot Day. Take a look at the evolution of some Utah schools' mascots over the years.
Educators ask if revoking colleges' tax status, taxing endowments would check antisemitism

Educators ask if revoking colleges' tax status, taxing endowments would check antisemitism

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted June 17 - 6:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

Educators and politicians are asking what Congress or the executive branch could do to check antisemitism on college campuses.
Digital wellness movement sees Utah as 'testing ground.' Cox declares 'Phone-Free Fridays'

Digital wellness movement sees Utah as 'testing ground.' Cox declares 'Phone-Free Fridays'

Emma Everett Johnson, KSL.com  |  Posted June 16 - 7:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Half The Story, a movement that teaches teens how to navigate digital spaces, sees potential for change in the Beehive State.
Utah auditor's office creates 'hotline form' for reports of alleged violations of diversity law

Utah auditor's office creates 'hotline form' for reports of alleged violations of diversity law

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 16 - 12:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Office of the State Auditor has created a "hotline form" to allow the public to report alleged violations of the state's new law targeting diversity programs at public entities.
No more taking phones from students: Granger High School considering new policy this fall

No more taking phones from students: Granger High School considering new policy this fall

Erin Cox, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 16 - 7:56 a.m.  |  Save Story

Teachers at Utah's largest high school are done taking away cellphones from students. They're considering something new in the fall, and if they're successful, other schools might do the same.
Biden administration loses bid to revive legal directive for LGBTQ students

Biden administration loses bid to revive legal directive for LGBTQ students

Daniel Wiessner, Reuters  |  Updated June 15 - 11:27 a.m.  |  Save Story

A U.S. appeals court on Friday rejected a bid by President Joe Biden's administration to revive its directive that schools allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms and to join sports teams that align with their gender.
Utah State School Board weighs what to do with library books deemed indecent, pornographic

Utah State School Board weighs what to do with library books deemed indecent, pornographic

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted June 15 - 10:05 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah State Board of Education has considered guidance to an administrative rule that said books and other materials selected for removal from school libraries be "shredded" or "burned."
Utah Prison Education Project admits first cohort of degree-seeking students

Utah Prison Education Project admits first cohort of degree-seeking students

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted June 14 - 9:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Prison Education Project on Tuesday announced the admittance of its first cohort of 15 degree-seeking students currently incarcerated at the Utah State Prison.
Double take: 23 sets of twins graduate from a single Massachusetts middle school

Double take: 23 sets of twins graduate from a single Massachusetts middle school

The Associated Press  |  Posted June 14 - 9:46 a.m.  |  Save Story

Twenty-three sets of twins have graduated from a Massachusetts middle school, making up about 10% of the eighth-grade class.
Biden's student loan work gets tepid reviews — even among those with debt, poll finds

Biden's student loan work gets tepid reviews — even among those with debt, poll finds

Collin Binkley and Linley Sanders, Associated Press  |  Updated June 12 - 1:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new poll shows relatively few Americans say they're fans of President Joe Biden's work on the issue of student loans.
Alpine School District hears first public comments on potential split option

Alpine School District hears first public comments on potential split option

Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL-TV  |  Posted June 12 - 9:45 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Alpine School District got a taste of what residents think of a plan to potentially split the school district.
Sandy Hook shooting survivors graduate without 20 of their classmates

Sandy Hook shooting survivors graduate without 20 of their classmates

Dave Collins, Associated Press  |  Posted June 11 - 10:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

The children who survived the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, will be graduating high school with mixed emotions.
Davis School District launches 2 high school upgrades. $475M bond plans edge ahead

Davis School District launches 2 high school upgrades. $475M bond plans edge ahead

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 11 - 9:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Davis school officials broke ground on $32 million and $32.9 million upgrade plans at Clearfield and Layton high schools, part of $475 million in planned upgrades in all in the district.
University of Utah grows 'downtown presence' with $38M acquisition

University of Utah grows 'downtown presence' with $38M acquisition

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted June 11 - 8:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

The University of Utah on Tuesday signed off on the purchase of City Centre — a 238,000-square-foot building at the northeast corner of State Street and 400 South.
Utah ranks third in nation for child well-being, but educational challenges persist

Utah ranks third in nation for child well-being, but educational challenges persist

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted June 11 - 5:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new report analyzing how children are performing in a post-pandemic society points to areas for improvement when it comes to proficiency scores and absenteeism.
Confessions of a Black conservative

Confessions of a Black conservative

Hanna Seariac, Deseret News  |  Posted June 10 - 10:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Public intellectual and Brown University professor Glenn Loury speaks about his memoir and what brought him to identify as a Republican, and then a Democrat, and then a Republican again.
Utah's $300M higher education endowment can help students experiencing FAFSA rollout delays

Utah's $300M higher education endowment can help students experiencing FAFSA rollout delays

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted June 9 - 7:48 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Board of Higher Education has approved a policy intended to provide funding to certain state student aid initiatives.
Weber State to axe Black, Latino, other cultural centers to comply with new diversity law

Weber State to axe Black, Latino, other cultural centers to comply with new diversity law

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 9 - 7:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

Weber State University will eliminate cultural centers for Black, Latino and other students to comply with the new Utah law targeting diversity initiatives.
BYU students on the road to national food science competition

BYU students on the road to national food science competition

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted June 8 - 9:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

Five BYU students are studying hard for their chance to win a national food science competition.
Utah Board of Higher Education allocates $8.5M for students impacted by FAFSA delays

Utah Board of Higher Education allocates $8.5M for students impacted by FAFSA delays

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted June 7 - 3:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Board of Higher Education has approved roughly $8.5 million to support students affected by delays related to this year's Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Hinder featured at fundraiser to fight northern Utah school lunch debt

Hinder featured at fundraiser to fight northern Utah school lunch debt

Tim Vandenack, KSL.com  |  Posted June 7 - 12:58 p.m.  |  Save Story

Hinder and Late Night Savior will perform at a fundraiser in Ogden to raise money to fight lunch debt in northern Utah schools.