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State of the University Address reveals new partnership, gives update on Status to Stature

At the State of the University Address on Sept. 18, President Richard “Biff” Williams announced that Mountain America Credit Union will be partnering with Dixie State University Athletics as its official credit union. “All of you are part of that rich legacy now,” David Clark, Board of trustees Chair “You can’t have a State of […]

DSU thrives to increase diversity with Status to Stature 2020

In 2015, Dixie State University released a strategic plan, Dixie 2020: Status to Stature, which included a goal to increase the diversity of faculty and staff. Goal four in the desired outcomes states, “By Fall 2020, racial/ethnic minorities within the faculty and staff will have increased to at least 15 percent of the total number […]

Faculty, staff review Status to Stature initiative at one-year mark

It has been over a year since Dixie State University’s Status to Stature Initiative was published, and goal leaders said, overall, DSU is on track to meet its benchmarks for 2020. At the Strategic Plan Report Out Meeting April 17, goal leaders and their strategists had the chance to report to President Richard “Biff” Williams on […]

Here’s what 10-years of ‘university’ status looks like at Utah Tech

Utah Tech University is celebrating its 10-year anniversary of becoming a university this month. On Utah Tech’s instagram page, a video was released listing events since attaining university status.  According to Utah Tech’s website, bachelor’s degrees were introduced to the school’s curriculum in the late ’90s. University status ensured the growth and expansion of opportunities […]

State of the University addresses new strategic plan, name change rumors

President Richard “Biff” Williams introduced Dixie State University’s next proposed strategic plan during the 2020 State of the University Address. The plan, also known as Trailblazer Distinction 2020-2025, features five goals: Academic distinction, which DSU hopes to accomplish by establishing an open and inclusive environment with a polytechnic blend of curricular and co-curricular experiences, as […]

Construction plows on as DSU student population grows

Dixie State University is expanding and as the number of enrolled students multiplies each semester, and there is a need for new buildings, additions and renovations. A few of these have already been built, others are under construction and some still in the early planning stages. The first addition was the Trailblazer Stadium, then came […]

DSU President talks goals, dedications during State of the University Address

For Dixie State University’s 107th birthday, DSU officials took to the Cox Auditorium stage to highlight the university’s achievements at the State of the University Address. President Biff Williams focused on DSU’s Status to Stature strategic plan that includes six goals: to promote student success, improve academics, invest in faculty and staff,  work on inclusion and […]

State legislator allocates $4.3 million to DSU

Earlier this month, Utah state legislature appropriated $4.3 million in ongoing funds to Dixie State University, an amount 12.2 percent more than in 2017. According to DSU’s press release, the legislatures decision to provide the $4.3 million is based on areas where they have seen growth at DSU and where there is an increase in […]

Day care debate heats up with increased need

Over the past five years, the idea of child care service at Dixie State University has circulated amongst students, faculty and staff. For parents who are trying to get an education while balancing raising young children, finding child care services is crucial. Most professors don’t allow children in classrooms during lectures and test taking can […]

Human Performance Center to break ground in September

Dixie State University administrators announced March 7 that a 5 percent increase in student fees will be implemented starting in the fall 2017 semester.  Increases will help fund the new projects on campus and student services and operations. A student government committee also adjusted the requested change in fees by taking athletics from a requested […]

President seeking to increase enrollment, community involvement at DSU

Community involvement and the transformation of St. George into a “college town” was the focus at the “Direction of Dixie” forum Tuesday. President Biff Williams spoke in front of an audience composed mostly of students about the strategic plan, “Dixie 2020: Status to Stature,” and how it pertains to students. Williams mentioned some of the projects in […]

New provost named to oversee academics at DSU

Dixie State University continues to build toward its goals of developing new initiatives with the recent hiring of a new provost and vice president of academic affairs.  Michael Lacourse has been selected to succeed Carole Grady, who served as interim provost since William Christensen stepped down from the position last May. Lacourse will officially assume […]

‘Dixie 2020’ outlines DSU’s goals to change mascot, boost community involvement

After months of planning and formulating strategies, Dixie State University has a new five-year strategic plan—Dixie 2020: Status to Stature. President Biff Williams presented the strategic plan at the Cox Auditorium Wednesday. The presentation included the six main goals of the strategic plan, how they are going to be implemented, and how they coincide with […]

Board of trustees plan new degrees, implements new speech policy

Dixie State University’s continuous growth and academic success were highlighted at the board of trustees first meeting of the school year on Friday. Topics discussed included academic program research, the new speech policy and the president’s strategic plan for DSU. Matthew Devore, a junior integrated studies major from Mesquite, Nevada, was also sworn in as a new member of the board for […]

Health sciences degrees more student-friendly

Dixie State University is making significant changes to the school of health sciences by seeking to offer new degrees in exercise science and restructuring others to be more student-friendly. The school of health sciences created a new department of health and human performance which has taken over for the physical education, health and recreation programs […]

First board of trustees meeting addresses new housing project

The transition from “status to stature” fueled the first Dixie State University board of trustees meeting of the academic year.  The meeting, held in the Zion Room in Jeffrey R. Holland Centennial Commons, provided a platform for trustees, faculty and staff and administration members to discuss DSU’s current and future issues. A new physical education […]

Academic attractions influence enrollment

It turns out that students don’t just come to Dixie State University for the practically year-round warm weather. Although the nice weather in St. George was a factor in his decision to attend DSU, it wasn’t the only factor or the most important, said Sam Werrett, a freshman psychology major from West Jordan.  Now that […]

Our View: Expectations for president

With school underway, the expectations for Dixie’s new president are starting to circulate amongst students and staff. “I will do all I can to make sure that DSU remains a university where students can receive a high-quality, affordable education and also continues to be an asset to both St. George region and Utah as a […]