Strategic Name Change
A History of Dixie
1911 - St. George Stake Academy
1913 - Dixie Academy
1916 - Dixie Normal College
1923 - Dixie Junior College
1970 - Dixie College
2000 - Dixie State College of Utah
Message from the President
October 8, 2012
The last five years have been a period of remarkable growth and development at Dixie State College. Driving the development at the College has been the underlying growth in enrollment. The number of students has grown from 5,700 in 2006, to over 9,000 in 2011, which is about a 60% increase. The growth in enrollment, the addition of baccalaureate degrees, and the development of the physical campus set the stage for the possibility that Dixie State should be considered a university.
At this point, it is useful to note that the term college typically is applicable in three different settings. The first instance in which the term is most often used is to describe a community college. Community colleges are two-year institutions with associate degrees, and are found throughout the United States. Dixie State once fit nicely into this category. The second use of the term is as a subdivision of the university – such as the College of Nursing at Ohio State University. In the third instance, the term college is used to refer to a small, liberal arts institution, with enrollment of 2,000-3,000 students and a limited academic offering.
Three years ago, it became obvious that Dixie State would no longer fit in any of those categories, and would be much better described as a teaching university. At that point, we sat down with the Commissioner and Regents and put together a benchmark document that identified the academic degrees, faculty, and support staff that would be needed to meet the generally-agreed-upon breadth of curriculum and number of students that seem to constitute a typical teaching university.
The exciting news is that growth in enrollment and tuition revenues have made it possible to hire the faculty and staff, and provide the program money needed to meet all of the benchmarks. We are currently in the process of satisfying the Regents that the benchmarks have been met.
It is anticipated that the Board of Regents will vote to recommend university status at its meeting here on the Dixie campus this January. From there, the matter will go on to the Utah State Legislature for its approval, followed by the signing of legislation by the Governor.
But what will the name of our university be on that piece of legislation? This is where we need your help. We are asking you for your thoughtful ideas on what this institution will be known as for generations to come.
We have partnered with the local firm of Sorenson Advertising with the goal of establishing a new institutional identity, which will honor and communicate the heritage, history and traditions of our institution; build upon our established brand; and carry the institution into its second century and beyond.
I personally invite you to visit the pages on this “Name Change” website, study the information provided, and help us set the course for the next chapter in the storied history of this institution.
We anticipate the final decision for a new name will be made in mid-January prior to the Regents meeting on our campus.
Once the legislative process is completed, we will assemble a diverse team across our campus and community to efficiently and properly complete the university transformation.
It is our hope that we will be celebrating our new University name on either July 1, 2013; or September 19th, 2013 – Dixie’s 102nd birthday.
We appreciate your loyalty and willingness to take part in this process, and we rely on your feedback and input to effectively run your institution. Please feel free to contact us or drop by my office if you have questions or ideas regarding this or any other issue.
HURRAH FOR DIXIE!!!
Dr. Stephen D. Nadauld, President
Dixie State College of Utah