Dec. 16, 2019 — Editor’s note: A national organization’s recognition of UTSA’s efforts as a “program to watch” highlights the university’s commitment to the academic and economic success of its Hispanic-majority student population. [First published on Oct. 3, 2019]
The UTSA First Generation and Transfer Student Center has been recognized by Excelencia in Education as a Program to Watch for 2019–2020. UTSA is one of only 20 programs out of 166 that were nominated for this recognition.
Excelencia in Education is a national organization based in Washington, D.C., that is committed to promoting the academic and economic success of Latino student populations and propelling them into positions of leadership in U.S. society.
—TAMMY WYATT, Vice Provost for Student Success
The First Generation and Transfer Student Center provides students with mentoring, student-success activities and community-building opportunities through the First to Go and Graduate and the Roadrunner Transition Experience programs. Both initiatives aim to increase retention and graduation rates of the students they serve.
Forty-five percent of UTSA undergraduates are first-generation college students and 41% are transfer students.
Rooted in the belief that peer mentors and faculty coaches can provide students with valuable and relatable information, resources and advice, the FGTSC is a space and support network that helps these student populations become more engaged and therefore more likely to graduate.
Based on the data, this approach appears to be working. For the fall 2017 cohort the first-year retention rate was 85% for students in the F2G&G program and 86% for students in the RTE program. For the fall 2018 cohort the first-year retention rate was 77% and 88%, respectively. These retention rates fall in line with the university’s goal to reach an 85% first-year retention rate by 2023, which is one of the institutional targets set by President Taylor Eighmy.
“It is a significant accomplishment for our First Generation and Transfer Student Center to be nationally recognized for the positive impact its programs are having on helping our students navigate their way through college towards graduation,” said Tammy Wyatt, vice provost for student success. “UTSA is proud to be a Hispanic-Serving Institution that is proving a model for other universities as they focus more attention on serving vulnerable student populations.
As a next generation, Hispanic-thriving, multicultural institution where students from all backgrounds can excel, UTSA serves as a prosperity engine graduating world-engaged civic leaders of tomorrow.
Part of the University Relations Speakers Series, this panel discussion addresses the impact of Covid19 on the Latino community. Sarah Zenaida Gould, Ph.D., Mexican American Civil Rights Institute; Gabriel R. Sanchez, Ph.D., University of New Mexico; Marie T. More, Ph.D., University of Missouri; and Dr. Rogelio Saenz, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Demography at UTSA will be a part of this panel.Virtual Event
Rosie Castro is an American civil rights activist and educator from San Antonio who has been invovled in prominent groups like the Young Democrats of America, the Mexican American Youth Organization, the Committee for Barrio Betterment and La Raza Unida Party. She is the mother of former presidential candidate Julián Castro and Rep. Joaquín Castro.Virtual Event
In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, the book for this month will explore issues of Latinx identity, diversity, equity, student success and social justice. Weekly sessions will include guest speakers and virtual discussions. The club will be reading "Redeeming La Raza: Transborder Modernity, Race, Respectability, and Rights" by UTSA professor Dr. Gabriela González.Virtual Event
Organized by faculty and staff from the College for Health, Community and Policy, the third Texas Latino Policy Symposium convenes academics, practitioners and activists from across the state to engage in discussions that examin the need of our Latino population and the impact of COVID-19 in Texas. The goal of this symposium is to formulate policy responses to propose to the Texas legislature that redress the disproportionate lasting impact the pandemic has had on Latino families.Virtual Event
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UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.
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