Published: November 13, 2007 | Read Time: 2 minutes

In a state-supported effort to increase opportunities in higher education across southern Utah, Southern Utah University is increasing its presence on the campus of Dixie State College.

With 18 new undergraduate and 20 new graduate classes from SUU opening for students at Dixie this spring 2008 semester, St. George residents can now attend SUU without commuting to Cedar City.

The new University opportunities on Dixie’s campus are open to all prospective students and professionals who may be considering one of SUU’s many undergraduate or graduate programs but do not want to move to attend school in Cedar City. In addition, it should prove helpful to current Dixie students who can’t get all the courses they need at DSC and to current SUU students who live in St. George and would like to study closer to home. In short, SUU will now come to you.

To ensure SUU students at Dixie receive the support they deserve, SUU has added an advisor to oversee students enrolled in the Southern Utah University and Dixie State College Partnership. Luann Abbott, former Director of Admissions at SUU, will work on Dixie’s campus as an ambassador between the two schools and student interests.

During the spring semester, undergraduate SUU classes at Dixie will be offered in psychology, criminal justice, history, family & consumer science, foreign language, chemistry and math.

In addition, classes from six of SUU’s eight graduate programs will be offered. Those programs extending coursework to Dixie’s campus include SUU’s Master in Accountancy, Master in Business Administration, Master of the Arts in Professional Communication, Master in Public Administration, Master in Sports Conditioning and Exercise Science and the Master of Education. This will drastically increase the number of graduate level educational opportunities available within the St. George community.

This initiative is just business-as-usual according to SUU administrators. According to SUU President Michael T. Benson, “SUU will continue to offer courses where there is both the request and the need expressed by the community in St. George. We’re delighted to provide these opportunities to students on the Dixie State campus and pledge to do whatever we can to address educational needs in southern Utah.”

The SUU/Dixie partnership is funded by state legislative initiatives over the past year to further encourage each campus to forge alliances to better serve all citizens in the southern portion of the state.

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