Utah is at the forefront of the online education movement. The state’s K-12 schools, colleges, and universities have fully embraced technology to usher students into the digital age. College students and high school students in Utah have access to flexible online classes to help them achieve their academic goals. Additionally, online schools in Utah are rapidly establishing themselves as some of the best in the nation.
Higher Learning Initiatives
Public Education Online
In 2011, Utah Legislature decided that all Utah high school students should have access to online courses. Public Education Online is an education project that provides high school students with access to online courses created by public school educators in Utah. Each year, students are eligible to take two online courses from Public Education Online in addition to their regular high school courses. Students who wish to graduate early can also opt to take additional online courses.
Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR)
Some of the most innovative technology companies in Utah started out as research projects at public universities in the state. The goal of the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative is to attract more research teams and fund additional research projects at the University of Utah and Utah State University. Each of the projects funded by USTAR focuses on creating new technology that will stimulate Utah’s economy and position the state as a leader in the tech sector. University researchers who participate in USTAR work with corporate partners in the state to bring cutting-edge technology to consumers and businesses.
Western Governors University
Utah is home to Western Governors University (WGU), a private online university founded by 19 U.S. governors in 1997. Western Governors University stands out among online colleges in the U.S. and online schools in Utah thanks to its affordable and practical degree programs. The school offers a total of 58 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, education, the health professions, and information technology. The tuition at WGU is around $6,000 per year for most undergraduate students, which is considerably lower than the tuition at the majority of online colleges that offer similar, flexible degree programs.