Published Research

The Utah Data Research Center (UDRC) publishes original research products using cross-agency data from various state partners. Below are the published research products from UDRC's researchers. Most of the products feature a data narrative along with a PDF of the full report.

UDRC's latest research reports include the following:

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Comparing Median Quarterly Wages Before, During, and After the COVID-19 Pandemic Recession

This study demonstrates the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic Recession on workforce outcomes of USHE graduates.

(Published March 2024)

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The Relationship Between Firm Size and Wages in Utah

An analysis of Utah college graduates' workforce outcomes, examining the relationship between workforce firm size and the wages paid to employees.

(Published November 2023)

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Workforce Participation of Stacked Credential Awardees

An analysis of workforce participation among college students who receive successively higher awards from the same area of study.

(Published August 2023)

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Outcomes for K12 Students with Disabilities

This study reviews postsecondary and workforce outcomes for students with different types of disabilities.

(Published April 2023)

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Public Assistance and Postsecondary Education in Utah

This study reviews outcomes for public assistance recipients who earn postsecondary awards.

(Published January 2023)

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Workforce Outcomes for Utah Associate Degree Recipients

This report explores wages and employment industries for different types of associate degree recipients in Utah for one and five years after graduation.

(Published November 2022)

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Postsecondary Outcomes for Low-income Students

A survey of college outcomes for students who experience low-income disadvantage in high school.

(Published October 2022)

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Utah High School Course-Taking Patterns and Their Effects on College Readiness

This narrative explores the relationship between Utah's P20W metrics and the overall social and economic health of a given area, known as area deprivation.

(Published March 2022)

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The Migration to College of Utah High School Graduates

This data narrative explores Utah's high school graduates (USBE) from 2013 - 2016 and analyzes their enrollment and migration patterns to Utah's colleges.

(Published March 2022)

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Area Deprivation and the P20 Pipeline

This narrative explores the relationship between Utah's P20W metrics and the overall social and economic health of a given area, known as area deprivation.

(Published December 2021)

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Intergenerational Poverty

The intergenerational poverty (IGP) research workgroup seeks to improve understanding of IGP in Utah. Published research is available in reports for 2021, 2020, and 2019.

(Published September 2021)

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Gender Wage Gap of Utah Workforce

This study aims to investigate the gender wage gap experienced by Utahns. Utah has consistently ranked with one of the widest gender wage gaps in the nation.

(Published September 2021)

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Post-secondary Graduate Spending

This narrative explores the differences in income from individuals with technical certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and those with master’s degree or higher (2011 - 2018)

(Published May 2020).

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Workforce Retention of Graduates

This study aims to identify the characteristics that impact workforce retention following college graduation. This study also provides predictions on the workforce retention rates of USHE and UTech.

(Published February 2020)

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Outcomes for Working Students

As the cost of higher education rises, so does the prevalence of students working to manage the financial burdens of their schooling.

(Published August 2019)

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Return on Investment of Career & Technical Education

Technical colleges have seen a significant growth in funding and certificates awarded since 2011. This report shows the amount of income returns based on type of education.

(Published July 2019)

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Achievement for Utahns from Preschool to the Workforce

This dashboard shows the outcomes of school preparation and achievement on postsecondary access and industry success.

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