Ensuring students have access to opportunity is imperative to student success in four years. That's why we've allocated resources and are investing in our students by expanding our success programs and enhancing our scholarships to reward students for academic excellence and achievement.
Expanding our Success Programs
In addition to creating new programs, such as Summer Bridge, University Leadership Network and Path to Admission through Co-Enrollment, our existing student success programs are also expanding to serve additional students. By expanding these programs – Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (TIP), Gateway Scholars, Discovery Scholars, Equal Opportunity in Engineering and Women in Engineering – more students will have access to the resources and support they need to increase their likelihood of academic success.
Rewarding Academic Excellence
We are also introducing Academic Excellence Awards, which will reward good freshmen-year behavior. The program, which will be administered by existing student success programs such as TIP, Gateway Scholars, Discovery Scholars, among others, will give students a one-time $1,000 (3.0 GPA) or $1,500 (3.5 GPA) scholarship that will be awarded at the beginning of the sophomore year. The scholarship will be conditional on whether the student completed 30 credit hours, maintained required GPA and completed leadership training as a freshman.
Supporting Academic Enrichment
Additionally, recipients of Presidential Achievement Scholarships (PAS) will be eligible to receive a one-time $1,000 to $1,500 enrichment scholarship, which could be used for research, internships or study abroad. Recipients of PAS are generally high school scholars who have overcome a significant amount of adversity in their lives while performing at a very high academic level compared with their high school peers. PAS awards can range from $5,000 to $15,000 per year and can be awarded for up to four years – the enrichment scholarship would be in addition to the amount already awarded through PAS.
Building College-level Support for Four-Year Graduation Rates
Various colleges and schools across the university will also receive increased resources for the 2013-14 academic year to help support additional advisers, mentors and tutors, as well as improvements in communications technology and data management. Instructional support for "bottleneck" courses will also be available.