2020 FOM Winner Dixie State Considers Name Change

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Dixie State University, honored by Athletic Business as a 2020 Facilities of Merit award recipient for its year-old Human Performance Center, is considering a name change after a recent study found the Utah school's name had negative connotations and affected students and alumni looking for job opportunities outside the state.

As reported by CNN, in he university board of trustees voted to recommend an institutional name change to the Utah Board of Higher Education on Monday, following a university-commissioned study that examined the positive and negative impacts of continuing to include Dixie in the university's name.

The study conducted this summer by the consulting firm Cicero Group showed that 22 percent of the university's recent graduates looking for jobs outside of Utah have had a potential employer express concern about the word "Dixie" on their resume.

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