The 2013 Research and Policy Briefs of the Utah Women and Education Initiative (UWEI) reveals more work is needed to increase the retention and graduation rates of female college students in Utah: “Data show that Utah has a particularly high percentage of adults who have some postsecondary education, but have not finished a degree or certification program. Women make up a major portion of those without degrees, particularly at the bachelor’s level and higher” (released on January 15, 2013).
During her tenure as UWHEN state board representative in fall 2012, Dr. Florence Elizabeth Bacabac wrote a campus-based Women’s Resource Center proposal, conducted strategic planning for the program, and presented at Dixie State’s Best Practices Committee on November 28th 2012. In the spring of 2013, the DSU Women’s Resource Center (WRC) launched its first interactive workshop for students on how to succeed in business with Mary Ann Holladay, UWEI director, as guest speaker. In fall 2013, WRC offered its first female faculty/staff -to- female student mentoring workshop with guest facilitator Dr. Donna Dillingham-Evans, dean of Utah State University-Toole and former executive VP and VP of academic services at Dixie State University. WRC hosted several campus activities since then with Dr. Bacabac as its first program director and Dr. Carole Grady as program advisor.