USHE Names Two at SLCC Among First Alan E. Hall Innovation Award winners

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SLCC duo working to make affordable online resources more available to students taking math classes.

Suzanne Mozdy

Suzanne Mozdy

The math department believes strongly in the movement toward affordable education, and the small contribution we can make is by making textbooks affordable if not free.

The Utah System of Higher Education’s (USHE) newly created biennial Alan E. Hall Innovation for Undergraduate Student Success Award in its first year is honoring winners from eight public institutions, including two people from Salt Lake Community College.

Suzanne Mozdy, associate dean of SLCC’s Mathematics Department and Jason Pickavance, director of Educational Initiatives at SLCC, are being recognized for their efforts with SLCC’s OER (Open Educational Resources) program to make affordable online resources more available for classes like pre-algebra, calculus, trigonometry, college algebra and statistics. “The math department believes strongly in the movement toward affordable education, and the small contribution we can make is by making textbooks affordable if not free,” said Mozdy.

The awardee or team at each USHE institution receives $10,000, half of which is designated for advancing the innovation being recognized. Utah entrepreneur and investor Alan E. Hall, founder of Tempus Global Data, is funding the award for staff and faculty seeking to further initiatives designed to improve undergraduate success. Hall also founded MarketStar Corporation, the two nonprofit organizations Grow Utah and Grow American and, together with his wife Jeanne, the Hall Foundation, dedicated to helping low-income and impoverished people.

Salt Lake Community College is an accredited, student-focused, urban college meeting the diverse needs of the Salt Lake community. Home to more than 60,000 students each year, the College is Utah’s leading provider of workforce development programs. SLCC is also the largest supplier of transfer students to Utah’s four-year institutions and a perennial Top 10 college nationally for total associate degrees awarded. The College is the sole provider of applied technology courses in the Salt Lake area, with multiple locations, an eCampus, and nearly 1,000 continuing education sites located throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Personal attention from an excellent faculty is paramount at the College, which maintains an average class size of 20.

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