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|Academic staff||20 Full Time Faculty|
|Other students||671 Concurrent enrollment|
|Location||Roosevelt & Vernal, Utah, USA|
|Affiliations||Utah State University|
Utah State University Uintah Basin Regional Campus is a part of the Utah State University (USU) Regional Campuses and Distance Education system located in Roosevelt, Utah, with an additional campus in Vernal. The Uintah Basin campus was the first USU regional campus. USU-Uintah Basin offers five associate’s, 20 bachelor’s and 16 master’s degrees, as well as certificate programs and a Doctor of Education program.
USU opened the Uintah Basin campus in Roosevelt after funding was secured by the Utah State Legislature in 1967. The campus grew with the addition of concurrent enrollment courses. In 1989, the Roosevelt campus added a 25,000 sq. foot administrative and educational building, funding for which was supported by the city of Roosevelt, and Duchesne and Uintah counties. The building’s design is similar to that of an LDS Church and is commonly referred to as “The Church”. In 1993, First Security Bank donated an administrative building, now referred to as “The Bank”.
In 2001, the Roosevelt site opened up “The Barn”, a US$5 million building which houses classrooms, computer labs, student services, and a gymnasium.
USU Uintah Basin in Vernal began in high school classrooms, teaching courses at night. In 1991, USU purchased a 40,000-square-foot building which doubled the classroom space. Bob Williams donated 138 acres in 2005 for the development of a regional campus. The Williams Building, which is shared by Uintah Basin Applied Technology College, houses several classrooms. In 2010, USU opened the Bingham Entrepreneurship and Energy Research Center (BEERC) in Vernal, a 70,000 square-foot research hub with an entrepreneurship center, classrooms, teaching labs, and student services. Named after Mark and Debbie Bingham, who provided $15 million for the project, the center houses offices for the USU Research Foundation's Energy Dynamics Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, and USTAR. In February 2011, USU installed a 2,000 pound bull through the Utah Public Arts program for the BEERC. Located in the middle of a roundabout, the bull “will help identify the Utah State University Uintah Basin campus in Vernal.” Designed by Jocelyn Russell, the bull is similar to the “Meet The Challenge” bull found on the Logan Campus of USU.
As a regional campus within the USU System, there are four options for course delivery:
Students take courses online at their own pace during the traditional semester schedule. Assignments, discussion, and other communication take place online. Classes do not meet on a regular basis. Bachelor’s degrees available online include: agribusiness, family life studies, and psychology. Master’s degrees available online include: English and instructional technology.
Courses are delivered in an online format using online video communication software such as Adobe Connect (Breeze) or Wimba. While the courses are delivered online students are usually required to participate in hybrid classes at set times. This allows for streaming video and live chat with other students and the instructor in real-time. Hybrid bachelor’s degrees available include: Elementary Education and Family, Consumer, & Human Development. Hybrid master’s degrees include: Engineering and Rehabilitation Counseling.
Interactive Video Conferencing (IVC)
IVC courses are interactive classes taught in a classroom and broadcast to various locations throughout the state of Utah. Additional classrooms are able to watch video in real-time of the instructor as he or she teaches. Through microphones and camera systems, students in remote sites are able to ask and answer questions and make comments that the instructor is able to answer for all students. Most degrees available through RCDE are taught using IVC.
These are in-class, traditional higher education courses. Students attend classes and are taught by instructors in person. Programs taught at the Uintah Basin Regional Campus include: bachelor’s of Biology, Composite Biological Science, and Wildlife Science.
- Duplicate headcount exists among delivery methods
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