In 2006, the college formerly known as UVSC, a name almost universally replaced by it’s new moniker of UVU, received news that it had officially been accredited as a university, establishing itself on the same level as many surrounding universities in Utah.
From the new library to the relocation of the dance department to the GT building, and changes in the food court vendors to the construction of a new science building, UVU has started to take a new shape, with change and growth buzzing in the air.
UVUSA played a big part in UVU becoming a university. Through much dedication, diligence, and a desire to make this institution a better place, past student body presidents have sat in on several meetings and hearings to really pushed for accreditation.
“UVUSA will aid students in changes that are going to be done on campus. We will change our focus with the tides. If students bring concerns to us and we will address them and involve them rather than just listen.” -David Millet, Vice President of academics
Another big change in UVU recent history was that of the new Science Building currently under construction. The Science Building is a direct result of UVUSA’s involvement doing fundraisers, projects and gaining support.
In addition, UVUSA has also worked to improve student parking and accommodations by making plans and room for both a new parking structure and student center. Both were projects engineered for improving the quality and image of UVU not only to the public, but to students as well. UVUSA has also participated in the development of new signs being placed in buildings across campus
Many students have also taken notice of a change in the menu at the food court this semester, as newcomers Subway and Costa Vida have taken up residence on campus. According to David Millet, Vice President of academics, this vendor change is a direct result of student input.
An issue UVUSA wants to put emphasis on is student ratings of instructors, which helps them and the faculty determine which teachers are most effective. A little known fact is that student senators sit in on employment hearings to assist in hiring of many of UVU’s professors.
UVUSA is actively seeking to improve the quality of our students by instituting a policy called “opportunity enrollment.” This requires an ACT score, and offers potential students the opportunity to study at UVU in their respective majors and profession.
“UVUSA will aid students in changes that are going to be done on campus.” Millet said. “We will change our focus with the tides. If students bring concerns to us and we will address them and involve them rather than just listen.”