EDUCATION + SCHOOLS

Utah offers highest ‘degree value’ in the country, study finds

Sep 7, 2023, 10:00 AM

SALT LAKE CITY -- The group Venture Smarter ranked all 50 states' "degree value" in terms of tuitio...

Photo: Adobe Stock

SALT LAKE CITY — The group Venture Smarter ranked all 50 states’ “degree value” in terms of tuition versus earnings potential. And, after assessing things like tuition costs, student debt after graduation, and job opportunities, Utah ranked at the top. Another study puts Weber State University at the top of Utah’s institutions.

University President Brad Mortensen said he isn’t surprised by their top rankings.

“We take a lot of pride at Weber State to make sure that our academic programs line up with job opportunities that have high demand in the marketplace,” he said.

Mortensen said this study provides a good opportunity to shine some positive light on higher education.

“The national narrative isn’t always positive, that college is too expensive, and it doesn’t lead to a meaningful degree,” he said. “But I think these types of studies show that there is a lot of value in taking that time to get a college education and that folks here in Utah just have some truly great opportunities.”

The study compares states based on things like average tuition, fees, graduation rates, and a student’s earning potential after graduation. For Weber, they rose with strong healthcare programs, particularly in nursing. Those jobs are in high demand, Mortensen explained, and students do really well after graduating from those fields. 

“There’s a lot of growth right now in Computer Science and Engineering in northern Utah with all the activity that’s happening around Hill Air Force Base,” he added. “And we’ve been able to grow programs in those areas.”

Real-world experience

These may be part of the reason Weber State was recently declared the best institution in Utah in terms of net present value. A study by the Utah Foundation said net present value is how much more a student can earn because of their education minus the cost of that education. President Mortensen said they emphasize practical real-world experience.

“We have a goal at Weber State to provide all of our students, this is kind of a wonky term, but what we call high-impact educational experiences,” he said

Mortensen explained that these experiences can be anything from an internship to a clinical. Additionally, he said there are opportunities like undergraduate research with a professor, or students can even work with nonprofits or other community organizations. It’s about providing opportunities for students to get out of the classroom and have a meaningful impact through their work. 

“(We) certainly try really hard at Weber State to make sure that we’re providing a strong value for our students that not only is meaningful to their education but connects them to a well-paying job in the future.”

Related:

 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Education + Schools

taylor swift performing eras tour concert, a new class at weber state focuses on swift...

SAM HERRERA, KSL NEWSRADIO AND MIKE ANDERSON, KSL TV

Weber State University to offer class on Taylor Swift this fall

The Weber State University Taylor Swift class was offered for the first time this spring and filled up quickly.

1 day ago

cellphone schools...

Peter Johnston

Bill that would remove competency test requirement for teachers looks ready to pass

Currently, those pursuing a teaching license in Utah are required to pass a classroom management test. However, it could disappear from Utah's teaching licensure requirements if a bill passes the Senate this week.

1 day ago

After starting the new year with poor air quality, Utah may finally be able to take a breath and fi...

Heather Peterson

New black carbon sensor is more portable but just as accurate, study finds

A new study from the University of Utah finds that recently released black carbon new units are just as accurate in detecting black carbon, but they are more portable and affordable.

1 day ago

A lone American flag waves in the morning breeze Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, at the Bonneville Salt F...

Allessandra Harris

Water may be the solution to saving the salt flats

With the Bonneville Salt Flats eroding, newly discovered research may have found a way to save them.

5 days ago

utah capitol pictured, a new law centers adoption legal expenses open records utah...

Curt Gresseth

Bill creating Utah AI lab advances, would test tech, prevent missteps

SB 149 would create an AI lab and test technology while protecting the public in Utah.

6 days ago

The block U appears on the University of Utah, the school will no longer require sat or act scores...

Heather Peterson

University of Utah indefinitely pauses SAT and ACT admissions requirements

The University of Utah paused its SAT and ACT requirements two years ago, but the policy has now been extended indefinitely.

6 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Utah offers highest ‘degree value’ in the country, study finds