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
UTSA Ready is an early assessment and academic preparation program that is conducted in collaboration with local school districts. The goal of this unprecedented partnership is to ensure that high school students have the English and mathematics college readiness skills required by UTSA.
The assessment and academic preparation provided under this program allows teachers, parents, and UTSA to know exactly how well a cohort of students are prepared for college-level work. The students are given a diagnostic assessment and are assigned an instructor who assists them with their individual learning paths and is responsible for identifying any additional tutoring needs. The students are able to participate in Saturday Academic Enrichment Seminars (SAES) that are designed to improve their college readiness skills in either mathematics or English. Additionally, eligible students will be provided the option to take a credit by exam for College Algebra courses offered at UTSA.
The mission of UTSA Ready is to have the students prepared to enroll in credit-bearing courses and not spend time and money on remedial work.
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.
Summer Leadership Retreat
Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP 2)
The GEAR UP 2 program is a collaborative partnership between UTSA & San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) and is administered by the Office of P-20 Initiatives. As the university partner, UTSA is responsible for creating a college going culture in the community by way of a combination of innovative outreach activities and academic programming. The initial mode of outreach was through the use of the Mobile Go Center (MGC), which is a “lab on wheels”. The project team visited specifically low-to-moderate income families and economically disadvantaged students from the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD). This approach is premised on “taking the classroom to the neighborhood” to ensure that students, parents, and teachers are exposed to college and career readiness materials in both English and Spanish. We are in the second year of a seven-year grant initiative.
San Antonio Mentoring Forum
The San Antonio Mentoring Forum (SAMF) serves as an informal organization for mentoring organizations and advocates to share mentoring information, promote mentoring awareness, learn of mentoring best-practices and foster collaboration in the mentoring community. The focus of the SAMF is one-to-one mentoring for youth in the Bexar County area - http://utsa.edu/mentoring/.