The 2020 New Year arrived holding the promise of a fresh start and a new decade filled with opportunities to renew goals and build on what Utah State University does best – teaching, research and service. No one could have predicted how it would unfold. By March, the COVID-19 pandemic brought USU and its bustling campus life to a “virtual” standstill, as community and employees were faced with the question: “How do we continue to provide quality education while protecting the health and wellness of our students?”
However, in true Aggie fashion, progress went undeterred. Educators, administrators and students alike accepted the challenges with both resiliency and resolve. Online learning was adapted to and embraced by the student body, as terms like social distancing entered the vernacular. And as the university looks toward 2021, it will continue to adapt and evolve, no matter the challenge.
A Year of Accolades, Anniversaries and Accomplishments
public university in the nation for contributions to the public good in “2020 National University Rankings” by Washington Monthly.
Utah State University recognized the 25th anniversary of USU Online and was named as Utah’s #1 online university by the Utah Legislature.
Utah State University Moab’s new academic building broke ground in November allowing for further expansion of educational offerings in the region.
USU received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, reflecting the university’s “exemplary institutionalized practices” for community engagement at all 33 campuses and centers.
The Val R. Christensen Service Center, Utah State’s student-led service organization, celebrated 50 years of service and community involvement.
USU joined Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty, a cohort of 19 universities in a three-year institutional change effort to develop inclusive faculty recruitment, hiring and retention practices.
Michael Levin, the lead ACT researcher in USU’s Department of Psychology, says the online tool is centered on acceptance and commitment therapy where students can learn at their own pace and in the privacy of their own home.