By Richard “Biff” Williams, President of Dixie State University
History was made at Dixie State University on Jan. 26, when our Board of Trustees unanimously approved the addition of our first-ever graduate degree program, a Master of Accountancy. Pride in the institution and excitement for the future was palpable as the Trustees moved to vote on the proposal. It definitely was a great day to be a Trailblazer.
In celebration of the momentous occasion, Governor Gary Herbert declared Jan. 26, 2018, as Dixie State University Day in Utah. The declaration recognized the educational and engagement opportunities the new degree offers not only Washington County, but the entire state.
The program will fill students’ professional accounting educational needs by teaching them the conceptual, technical, analytical, and communication skills required to work as tax and accounting professionals. Looking forward, we are building up our master’s offerings by working on creating graduate programs in software development and genetic counseling.
Along with the master’s degree, the Trustees approved a Bachelor of Music in performance and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering, increasing the university’s offerings to 193 different academic programs, including 40 distinctive baccalaureate majors. It is remarkable to see how DSU has grown leaps and bounds since gaining approval to offer its first bachelor’s degree in 1999.
The Bachelor of Music in performance will prepare students for careers in the music industry by requiring them to work through core music courses including theory, ear training, and musicology training. As an additional part of their education, students will perform in recitals and ensembles of varied sizes and purposes.
Across campus, the new Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering will expand the capabilities of students interested in math and science by providing a hands-on education. The degree will prepare students to pursue advanced degrees or careers in engineering, science, or computer science disciplines.
All three new programs are set to begin by this fall and must receive approval from the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities, which is expected to occur by this spring, before they can be fully implemented.
Dixie State University is proud to add to the number of academic programs available in southern Utah and passionate about providing our students and community with new opportunities. Preparing students to fill the region’s workforce needs truly makes every day a great day to be a Trailblazer.