Apr 26, 2018  
2012-2013 General Catalog 

University College

School Information

Dean: Patrick Clarke
AD 304E ~ (435) 586-5479

Associate Dean: John “Jeb” Branin
AD 304D ~ (435) 586-5424

Dean’s Administrative Assistant: Debra Pool
AD 304 ~ (435) 865-8582

Associate Dean’s Administrative Assistant: Vicki Nielsen
ST 205 ~ (435) 586-7808

Photo of Admin Building/Bennion Bulding


College Website: http://www.suu.edu/uc
College Fax: (435) 586-7921 

Degrees/Program Titles, Services and Centers


Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, B.I.S. 
Bachelor of Arts in General Studies 
Bachelor of Science in General Studies 

For further information regarding the B.I.S. or B.S./B.A. in General Studies degrees, please visit www.suu.edu/uc

Services and Centers


Experiential Education (EE) Program

The EDGE program is a University requirement for graduation with a bachelor’s degree. You can create any hands-on learning project you want and help decide how it advances your education. You can choose to connect your project to your major or you can pursue another area of interest.

Phase #1 (Exploration and Fact Finding) 

Facilitating Course: UNIV 1010 - EDGE Program Introduction  (1 cr.)

  • During Thunderbird Flight School, students receive a brief orientation to the UNIV 1010 course including a schedule of activities for the semester, course logistics and  resources, assignments, course expectations, and an introduction to an e-portfolio system;
  • By following the directions for the course, students will engage selected readings and attend events sponsored by EE centers, UGRASP, University College, and other campus entities
  • Students will complete reflective assignments and submit them through the Canvas learning management system wherein a  course administrator will be responsible for collection and grading of assignments
  • Final assignment in UNIV 1010  will be a synthesis assignment, which will serve as a pre-cursor for the next phase of the program
  • UNIV 1010  allows student to build a foundation for further exploration of EE option.  The course helps student learn how to collect and store resources in their e-portfolio that will remain with them throughout their time on campus and beyond.  UNIV 1010 is a “staging course” and is designed to help guide students through subsequent stages of the Experiential Education program.

 Phase #2 (Organizing and Preparing)
Facilitating Workshop Course: UNIV 3925 - EDGE Project Proposal: [Engagement Center]  (1 cr.)

  • UNIV 3925 will guide students through further and deeper exploration of experiential opportunities

  • Sometime between completion of UNIV 1010  and earning 75 credits, students will take UNIV 3925, an online proposal workshop course, which will help students put together a coherent plan for completing their Experiential Education requirement

  • Assignments for the course will cover step-by-step processes for developing a strong proposal

  • Proposal will be submitted through the Canvas learning management system and graded by Center Directors

  • Once a proposal is accepted, the Registrar’s Office will create an Engagement Center attribute in Banner which will attach to the students profile and help Center Directors keep track of students

Phase #3 (Formal Engagement)
Facilitating Course: None 

  • Upon successful completion of UNIV 3925, students will be supplied with a Field Guide that will help them achieve the expected outcomes associated with their EE project or activity
  • There may be other needs outside of the Proposal class that must be addressed before a student can begin their work (i.e., students engaging in undergraduate research must complete the IRB process before they can begin their research)
  • Experience may be either credit or non-credit bearing.   Experiences are approved by Engagement Center Directors
  • Students formally engage in their chosen activity under the supervision of a faculty member, Engagement Center Director or other designated supervisor 

Phase #4 (Synthesis and Reflection)
Facilitating Workshop Course: UNIV 4925 - EDGE Program Completion: [Engagement Center]  (1 cr.)

  • Upon completion of a student’s experience and before graduation, students will take a capstone EE workshop course (UNIV 4925 ) where they will be required to demonstrate through synthesis and reflection their own personal growth and an understanding of how their SUU experiences prepared them for their next stage of life
  • Assignments for the course are geared toward helping students prepare to show selected artifacts from their eportfolios, provide a written reflection paper, and do a presentation for a an Experiential Center Faculty Council – group presentations are appropriate Upon successful completion of UNIV 4925 , a notation is provided on a student’s official transcript
  • Every spring, Experiential Centers will sponsor “student focus weeks” where students will showcase their experiential work through displays, presentations, performances, etc.
  • Cost will mostly be associated with compensation for faculty participating on Experiential Center Councils and implementing “student focus weeks.” 


University College at Southern Utah University has a threefold mission:

 1- University College provides services and resources for students who have yet to declare a major.

Services include:

  • Academic advising
  • Career advising
  • Aptitude, skills, and interest testing
  • Courses in personal development and decision making; and career preparation

2- University College serves students in their academic development and career preparation through centers and programs focused on transitional academic services: which include career preparation services, academic advising, and support programs for those on academic probation. 

Services include:

  • Career and professional development
  • Academic advising
  • Tutoring
  • Testing

3- University College promotes and facilitates significant experiential learning opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.  

Services offered through the Experiential Engagement Centers:

  • Community Engagement Center
  • Creative and Innovation Engagement Center
  • Harry Reid Center for Outdoor Engagement
  • Leadership Engagement Center
  • Sargon Heinrich Global Engagement Center 

Other Information

Student Advising

All Academic Advisors report to the Director of Advising and the Associate Dean of University College; however each college advisor is trained to meet the needs of students in their respective colleges.

University College serves as the advising home for Open Option students, who are those students who have not yet decided or declared a major. Open option advising guides students through university wide academic expectations and helps move students forward in the decision making process of selecting a major. Please visit the Academic Advising page at:  www.suu.edu/uc for more details.