Transfer Academy for Tomorrow’s Engineers (TATE)
The UTSA College of Engineering has formed a collaborative partnership with the Alamo Colleges predicated on intervention strategies designed to increase the academic success of first-generation students who have been traditionally underserved. Both institutions have implemented a variety of program initiatives over the past decade to address the decline of engineering-oriented majors between their respective student populations; however, there is still significant work to be done to cultivate a highly skilled workforce of engineers. Both institutions are committed to preparing students by creating paths of study that provide a seamless transition from Alamo Colleges to the College of Engineering at UTSA. They acknowledge the fact that this partnership represents an unprecedented opportunity for a select cohort of transfer students and will require ongoing collaboration.
Under the direction of the UTSA Office of P-20 Initiatives, the TATE program will provide a cohort of 25 eligible students access to a clearly defined pathway bridging their academic work at Alamo Colleges and at UTSA.
- Form a collaborative partnership between UTSA College of Engineering and Alamo Colleges to increase the number of first-generation students who pursue an engineering major.
- Address Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships as they pertain to engineering education at UTSA.
- Recruit, educate, and graduate more first-generation engineering majors.
2012-2013 TATE Cohort
This early assessment and academic preparation program, UTSA Ready, is a collaborative effort among four important San Antonio educational systems: UTSA, Northside Independent School District (NISD), San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD), and Harlandale Independent School District (HISD). The goal of this unprecedented partnership is to ensure that high school students have the English and mathematics college readiness skills required by UTSA.
As a comprehensive university, UTSA requires specific placement tests to indicate if incoming freshmen have the reading, writing, and mathematics skills needed for placement in college-level work. As a result, UTSA has a high percentage of first-time freshmen that require some level of developmental education coursework.
The assessment and academic preparation provided under this program will allow teachers, parents, and UTSA to know exactly how well prospective students are prepared for college-level work. The individual high schools are as follows:
- NISD High Schools –Taft, Marshall, Warren, Brennan, Holmes, and Stevens
- SAISD High Schools – Brackenridge, Burbank, Highlands, and Lanier
- HISD High Schools – Harlandale and McCollum
UTSA Ready has seven components: identification of a cohort of students who want to attend UTSA, diagnostic assessment, the opportunity for additional instructional preparation, mentorships, enrichment activities, college admissions assistance, and academic tracking.
iCLASS: Innovative Communities of Learning Advancing Student Success Dual Credit Program
The iCLASS program is designed to offer rigorous mathematics and science dual credit classes to eligible Memorial High School students. UTSA faculty teaches the classes. The students receive college readiness preparation and are able to participate in Saturday academic camps and summer leadership retreats. Parents attend workshops and receive training materials to enhance their leadership skills and knowledge in preparing their students for college success.
The Geneva School of Boerne Dual Credit Scholars Program
The Office of P-20 Initiatives has facilitated a partnership between UTSA and the Geneva School of Boerne to provide high school seniors with an opportunity to earn 6 hours of college credit. High school students meeting the competitive criteria benefit from rigorous coursework in Writing, English, and from receiving a full college experience.
UTSA Math Scholars Distance Learning Program
The Office of P-20 Initiatives has facilitated a partnership between UTSA and area school districts to provide students interested in the STEM fields an opportunity to earn college credit. High school juniors and seniors meeting the competitive criteria will benefit from rigorous coursework in Calculus and Physics and from networking opportunities with UTSA faculty and staff.