The University of Texas at Austin Among Top Contributors of Graduates to Teach For America

Aug. 11, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin is third in the nation among large schools in contributing graduating seniors to the Teach For America teaching corps.

Nearly 5 percent of the university's senior class applied to Teach For America, and 87 members of the class of 2011 joined the incoming corps.

In 2010, The University of Texas at Austin ranked first among large schools for contributing students to Teach For America. That year, 80 graduating seniors participated.

Teach For America corps members are top college graduates and professionals who make a commitment to teach for two years in underserved schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity.

More than 2,300 graduating seniors from the nation's top colleges and universities will participate in Teach For America's 2011 teaching corps. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ranks first among large schools, with 119 graduates beginning their two-year Teach For America commitment this fall. The University of California, Berkeley ranks second with 89 graduates.

For more information, contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of the President, 512 475 7847.

3 Comments to "The University of Texas at Austin Among Top Contributors of Graduates to Teach For America"

1.  Mark Clancy, '78 said on Aug. 18, 2011

Teach for America is an outstanding program for the best and brightest American scholars. It's an opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of students in this generation and the next.. I am proud that my daughter participates in Teach for America, teaching kindergarten in Mississippi. I encourage graduating seniors to look into this program.

2.  Lyndie Blevins said on Aug. 18, 2011

Congratulations to all the Longhorns who are pouring their education into our nations students!

3.  Robert Smith, '87 said on Aug. 18, 2011

Clearly, the University is more impressed with Teach for America than I. I really question a program which gives students a short preparation course and then thrusts them into at risk classrooms. I'm sure they have lots of enthusiasm, but I question their training and pedagogy. I spent eight years in college and university study and a great deal more time in teacher preparation. The first couple of years were still rough for me. I can't imagine how these 90 day wonders are somehow better teachers for having less training. I am glad to see more students enter education, but please don't mistake Teach for America as equivalent to a full, real teacher certification program.

I am grateful for the teacher training I received at UT and I have been in the classroom for over twenty years. I hate to see that training devalued by a program like Teach for America.