Higher Education Action Team
Strategic Planning for Higher Education in Moab and Grand County
A number of movements have occurred in Moab within the past year that have led to therealization that while higher education is highly valued within the community, there is no concreteplan in place to identify what higher education should look like, where it should be located, or howit should be pursued. The result of this ambiguity led to the organization of a community group,
(Higher Education Action Team), that has taken on the task of developing a strategic planfor the promotion of higher education in Moab and Grand County.
After informal meetings among a number of individuals, it was determined to establish alarger informal HEAT group that would be open to the public and meet monthly to establishdirection, delineate goals, and make assignments that might be taken on by a smaller task force(made up of volunteers from the larger group). Both the large HEAT group, and the smaller HEATtaskforce have had broad community representation including: city and county government, highereducation, school district, school board, business community, State Trust Lands, and local citizens.The initial HEAT group meeting was in mid-April, followed by a second meeting in late May. Thesmaller HEAT taskforce has met three additional times in between the larger group meetings tocarry out specific assignments.
In creating a strategic plan for higher education in Moab, the general goals of the HEATgroup were four-fold:1. Conduct a three part Community Needs Assessment a) Community profile: demographics, education, economy, and trendsb) Local workforce training needsc) Opportunities for attracting students to a destination campus2. Determine a location for higher education programs3. Create a conceptual plan for facilities at identified locations4. Create a plan for resource acquisition