“The University of Utah Graduate Center at St. George” gives students in Washington County and the surrounding region an opportunity to earn graduate degrees from the University of Utah. Washington County is one of the fastest growing regions in the state, but the closest available universities are located in Cedar City and Las Vegas. In 2006, the Utah State Legislature provided $1 million in ongoing base budget funding to the University of Utah for the purpose of establishing an institutional partnership with Dixie State College. This partnership is designed to provide graduate degrees for students in the region without expanding the educational mission of the college. The University is leasing a building from the Dixie State College Foundation located adjacent to the Dixie campus which provides physical classrooms for the program. While the Graduate School administers the institutional partnership, the U’s Continuing Education unit, with its existing expertise in operating off-campus facilities, manages the staffing and maintenance of the physical infrastructure in St. George. All costs of creating and managing the Center are paid from the $1 million in ongoing base budget funding originally appropriated by the Legislature.