Dixie State University

Metrics

University
Dixie State University
Program
UniverCity Alliance
Years
2020-Present
Case Type
University Program
School Size
Less than 20000
Discipline
Education, Health
Region
USA

Community & Global Engagement Division

UniverCity Alliance

Website | https://academics.dixie.edu/engage

Dixie State UniverCity Alliance is a mutually-beneficial regional learning collaborative formally established among DSU and cities within Washington and Kane Counties to expand and enhance learning opportunities for DSU students and citizens, while providing access to select university resources for local governments, organizations, and industry. Membership in UniverCity Alliance is accomplished by participating in the UniverCity Year Program or through a UniverCity Alliance agreement. Dixie State UniverCity Alliance was created as a result of DSU’s Strategic Plan 2020-2025: Trailblazing Distinction and its goal entitled, Community as University. This goal reads, “Partner with Washington County and Kane County cities to blend the University with regional public and private spaces, human networks, organizations, and resources to formally designate and operate “Dixie State UniverCity,” an open, integrated and vibrant southern Utah learning ecosystem providing exceptional learning opportunities and catalyzing the economic and social development of southern Utah.” The concept of UniverCity Alliance was discovered during the strategic plan writing process through learning of the EPIC-N program at University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Dixie State University was established in 1911 and has made a dynamic transformation, growing from a junior college to a state college in 1999, and to a public, regional, comprehensive university in 2013. Dixie State University is an open-enrollment institution committed to student access, affordability and success with an “active learning. active life” approach and our mission is to be an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university. We have built strong partnerships with community organizations including Intermountain Healthcare, Washington and Kane County School Districts, local National Parks, and private industry. We seek stronger community based learning opportunities and partnerships within our community.

Fun Facts about the UniverCity Alliance Program

Public or Private Institution | Public
Number of students at institution | 12,000
Year Program Established | 2020
Country | US

DSU’s Community & Global Engagement Division has vibrant and well established partnerships with our local communities, a few highlights include:

  • Live Long! Live Well! Initiative in partnership with DSU’s Lifelong Learning (ICL), St. George City and Intermountain Healthcare.
  • Community Building & Transformation partnership with Hildale City and DSU’s FYE Program: students provide labor and expertise on issues facing this rapidly evolving community.
  • DSU Kanab Education Center partnership between Kane County School District and DSU: has extended concurrent enrollment access to Kane County high schools and provided the general community with access to lower-division college courses.

Highlight Articles/Videos

‘Live Long. Live Well.’ initiative to study impacts of pandemic on Washington County residents

City Partners

1911-2020 St. George City, Utah – Population 89,587
2017-2020 Hildale, Utah – Population 2,896
2018-2020 Kanab, Utah – Population 4,931

Contact Details

Nancy Hauck, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Community & Global Engagement
(435) 652-7844
hauck@dixie.edu

Erin O’Brien, Ph.D.
Community Engaged Learning Director
obrien@dixie.edu

Dixie State University
(435) 652-7500
https://dixie.edu
225 South University Avenue
St. George, Utah 84770

Social Media Addresses
Facebook: @DSUEngagement
Instagram: @dsu_engagement