Core Theme I - Access
The WSU Graduation Survey was administered by Career Services in collaboration with the academic colleges and the WSU Alumni Center. Data are based on 2005 responses of spring 2012 graduates. There is a 1% sample error at a 99% confidence level.
- Weber State’s 2012 Career Fair (sponsored by Career Services) on January 12 brought 84 regional and national employers on campus to discuss job opportunities with WSU students. In addition to the Career Fair, WSU Career Services also hosted a Construction Management fair the same evening. A total of 24 companies/organizations attended this event.
- In September 2011, WSU was awarded a sub-grant from a Statewide GEAR UP Program Grant. WSU will receive $303,000 per year for seven years to expand outreach services to low-income students in six schools in Weber and Davis school districts. This will serve 375 students in 9th grade through the first year of college.
- Weber State University was awarded a $50,000 ImPACT (Improving Preparation, Access, & Communities Together) grant for 2012 by the Utah System of Higher Education. The funds will allow WSU to expand the “Creating a Pathway to College” initiative, which works with underrepresented students, by adding a residential experience to the 3-day summer program.
- Upward Bound, a pre-college outreach program for low income, first generation students that serves 75 high school students, was re-funded by the U.S. Department of Education in the amount of $366,409 for the next five years.
- In June 2012, Weber State University was awarded a $20,000 Citi Foundation Grant to continue the College Outreach Advocate Project and develop long-term database tracking support under the Student to Student Program.
- Due to the work of Angela McLean and two students (Ryan Evans & Crystal Maughan), the Disability Services Office received an Alan and Jeanne Hall endowment grant for $6,460 to create a transition program for incoming, disabled, WSU freshman.
- During the spring semester, 477 international students were enrolled from 38 countries. The international focus at WSU has continued to expand with the hiring of an Executive Director of International Services who works broadly across the university to advance WSU’s internationalization goals. A new advisor position was also hired to work with all students in international sponsored programs such as the Saudi Arabian Cultural mission. Plans are to expand the number of sponsored programs at WSU.
- The Veteran Services Program served 735 student veterans in the 2011-12 academic year, which generated revenue totaling approximately one million dollars through the GI Bill. On November 11th, Veteran Services held a campus-wide event to salute our Fallen Soldiers in Arms. Activities included cannon fires, a slideshow of military veterans, a roll call of the fallen, and a jet fly-by.
- The Veterans Upward Bound program worked with 126 veteran students over the past year to assist them in developing academic skills and pursuing their educational goals.
- The Summerbridge program worked with 159 underrepresented students to transition them from high school to Weber State University during the 2011-12 academic year.
- Student Support Services a retention program for WSU students who are low income and/or first generation, tutored 143 participants in over 100 subjects.
- Two Multicultural Youth Conferences were held this year to assist underrepresented high school students from across the state prepare for college. During the fall conference, 282 high school juniors participated, and 458 high school students from all classifications participated in the spring conference.
- The GEAR UP Program targeting 903 students in the Ogden City School district held 19 different parent and family night events to share information on college readiness.
- Through the work of Education Access and Outreach and Upward Bound, 570 underrepresented high school seniors participated in programs and events at Weber State University during the 2011-12 academic year.
- In 2011-12, Educational Talent Search provided over 4,882 hours of service to 510, eighth through twelfth grade students in the Ogden City School District. Services focused on college visits, preparation and enrollment.
- Through the outreach programs Educational Talent Search, Student to Student and Upward Bound, $558,025 was awarded to high school seniors in the form of scholarships and activity waivers to attend postsecondary education.
- Outreach programs from the Education Access and Outreach Office served over 1,885 students, 8th-12th grade in 15 high schools and junior highs within Ogden, Weber and Davis districts providing intentional, ongoing services for pre-college students.