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Utah Senate backs Dixie State's plan to become university

Utah Senate backs Dixie State's plan to become university



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SALT LAKE CITY — When Dixie State College becomes a university it will have the backing of Utah lawmakers.

The state Senate unanimously approved a resolution Friday supporting the southwestern Utah school's eventual move to four-year status. The measure now goes to the House.

Sen. Stephen Urquhart, R-St-George, sponsor of SCR11, said the measure doesn't commit the state to anything nor does it include a date for the transition. "All this says is that Dixie is growing," he said.

The state Board of Regents estimates it would take about $10 million over three years to phase in the change.

The resolution does not indicate whether Dixie would follow the Weber State model to university status or continue an affiliation with the University of Utah.

"The bill is completely agnostic to that," Urquhart said. "This is something we honestly cannot evaluate at this point.

E-mail: sdallof@ksl.com

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