The University of Texas at El Paso


Institutional Initiatives

The University of Texas at El Paso has implemented a new holistic, cohort-based advising model. In alignment with the UTEP Edge – the cross-campus culture of student success – grant funds for this initiative are being used to strategically redesign advising campuswide to deliver centralized, cohort-based advising that is:

  • Initiated in the UTEP Academic Advising Center (through a student’s first 45 credit hours)
  • Completed in their discipline-specific college advising center
  • Focused on both academic and financial elements of a student’s career
  • Dedicated to promoting and elevating students’ engagement in high-impact practices

High-impact practices include research and scholarly activity, on-campus student employment, community engagement, capstone experience, creative activity, learning communities, internships, student leadership opportunities, study abroad/study away, and first-year experience.

“UTEP’s advising redesign will provide each student with seamless, personalized support through an integrated approach, from admissions to graduation,” said Heather Smith, associate vice president for academic affairs at UTEP. “This integrated approach is designed to enhance UTEP’s culture of care by bridging students’ academic, financial and social realities, which will increase students’ retention, decrease time to degree, and enhance post-graduation success.” 

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