Dixie State University
UniversityDixie State University
Case TypeProgram Stories
School SizeLess than 20000
Community & Global Engagement Division
Website | https://univercity.dixie.edu/
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.
1911-2020 St. George City, Utah – Population 89,587
2017-2020 Hildale, Utah – Population 2,896
2018-2020 Kanab, Utah – Population 4,931
Nancy Hauck, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Community & Global Engagement
Erin O’Brien, Ph.D.
Community Engaged Learning Director
Dixie State University
225 South University Avenue
St. George, Utah 84770