Urban Education Institute

Current StatusOperationalized


The Urban Education Institute will establish an educational incubator at UTSA where transdisciplinary research teams, school districts and community organizations partner to address equity and access across the P-20 educational spectrum. The institute will amplify the impact of collective efforts to raise San Antonio’s educational attainment and economic mobility levels through applied research, developing innovative models in San Antonio that can be used in urban settings across the nation.

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Kimberly Espy, Lead
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Margo DelliCarpini
Dean, College of Education and Human Development

Michael Villarreal
Director, Urban Education Institute

Michael Karcher
Associate Dean for Research, College of Education and Human Development

Belinda Flores
Associate Dean of Professional Preparation, Assessment & Accreditation, College of Education and Human Development

Juliet Langman
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, College of Education and Human Development

  • January 2019
    Recruit and hire institute staff
  • February - May 2019
    Present research findings to the public and education committees of the state legislature on student financial aid, dual credit, and full-day quality prekindergarten
  • July 2019
    Launch institute website, including data visualization tool illustrating San Antonio’s progress in raising educational achievement

  • Spring 2020
    Host inaugural Urban Education Institute conference, centered on housing insecurity and involuntary student mobility

Strategic Plan Midpoint Update (Fall 2022)

Since 2019, UTSA’s Urban Education Institute (UEI) has produced improvement-focused, collaborative research to raise educational attainment, advance economic mobility and help people achieve their potential in the greater San Antonio region. The UEI benefits the city of San Antonio by producing rigorous and relevant education research that supports increasing the level of postsecondary award attainment, closing the skill gap and increasing productivity and wage growth.

Since its inception, the UEI has produced more than 15 reports or impact studies containing rigorous and actionable research, including COVID-19: Food Insecurity, Digital Divide, Work and Caregiving and Impact Study: PreK 4 SA.

This Initiative Supports Strategic Destinations