The University of Utah moved up 14 spots to 115th in the latest U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges overall rankings of national universities. Freshmen retention and overall graduation rates, among the metrics in determining the rankings, were up for the university from last year.

The undergraduate engineering program ranked 56th and the business program ranked 50th.  The U also ranked 55th among public schools and 94th best for veterans.


Please be aware that the Veterans Support Center has now moved from Union 162 to Union 418, and Veterans Services has moved from Window 10 of the Student Services Building to Union 418 within the Veterans Support Center for the convenience of our student veterans. Please update any directories, and distribute this change to your faculty and staff so they can point student veterans to the right location in order to access their veteran-related benefits, or handle any veteran-related issues they may have.

We appreciate your support as these veterans transition back in to both civilian, and student life.

Child care
U-Match is connecting the university community to seek, provide and trade one-on-one child care needs. New for this fall is a simplified electronic application that can be accessed via the home page at Those interested can register using their uNID as “looking for a babysitter or nanny” and/or “willing to babysit or nanny.” Once logged in, users can search the growing registry of babysitters and nannies.

“We’re starting to see traffic increase as more students, faculty and staff understand the benefit of this service especially for parents needing irregular care hours or in-home care,” says Virginia DeSpain, project coordinator for the U’s Child Care and Family Resources office.







The University Teaching Committee encourages the efforts of faculty members, departments and colleges to improve individual teaching skills, devise effective teaching techniques, recognize and reward superior achievements in teaching.

Nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Award are due by Sept. 23. These awards honor faculty who have made significant contributions to the teaching mission of the University of Utah.

The first round of University Teaching Grants applications are due by Sept. 25. Grant awards are made to faculty to undertake projects that will enhance their teaching or the curriculum in which they teach.

The University of Utah officially launched the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute on Sept. 2.

An initiative of the David Eccles School of Business, the new institute aims to support informed decision-making by developing and sharing economic, demographic and public policy research. In addition, the institute serves as a prestigious gathering place for thought leadership.

Named in honor of businessman, philanthropist and University of Utah alum Kem C. Gardner, the institute builds upon his legacy of hard work and his great love for Utah. Gardner currently serves as chairman of The Gardner Company, a private commercial real estate company. During his 38 years in business, Gardner and his partners have been involved in developing more than 33 million square feet of commercial real estate. Not satisfied with business alone, Gardner devotes a significant amount of time toward the betterment of Utah.

Read the full news release here.

I drive safely Pix
The U’s auto liability insurer, State Risk Management, has a NEW online driver training video and test as of July 1, 2015. This training is mandated for all persons who drive personal, rental or university-owned vehicles on U business.

All employees, students or volunteers who operate any vehicle on U business, both as an essential part of their job function or on an occasional basis, must watch this new interactive video and take a short test prior to the first time driving, every two years thereafter and following any preventable accident.

Please refer to University Risk & Insurance Management website for additional information, training programs and instruction.



Looking for teenagers, their friends and their mothers to participate in a study and receive $150.

The Social Development Lab at the University of Utah is looking for teenagers in seventh or eighth grade to come to the lab with their mothers and a same gender friend (who is also in seventh or eighth grade) to participate in a study. The study is being conducted to better understand how teenagers talk to different people about their experiences.

Teens, their mothers and their friend will attend one, two and a half hour-long session at the University of Utah. Mother, child and friend will each receive $50 upon completion of the study. The total compensation per triad is $150.

For more information and to schedule your appointment, we ask that mothers send an email to

In the email please include:
1. Your child’s age and gender
2. Your child’s friend’s age and gender
3. A phone number where we can reach you.

You will be contacted a few days after receiving your email.

Guest House -Ballroom East
Become a campus meeting planning expert in 2015. The University Risk Management and Facilities Management departments will be reviewing all the items that you will need to have a successful campus meetings including:

  • Liability issues
  • Permits and event review
  • Events with children
  • Events with alcohol
  • Catering related issues

The class is free and will include breakfast and free parking at the Guest House.

Planning Successful Meetings on Campus – Risk Management Issues for Meetings on Campus
Wednesday, Sept. 16
9-10:30 a.m.
University Guest House Douglas Ballroom

Register at or call the Guest House Conference Center at 801-587-2980 with any questions.