Center for Community Engagement

State
Texas
Academic Level
Baccalaureate
Issue Area
Retention
Key Personnel

Overview

The mission and purpose of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is to engage faculty and students in the area through community-based activities to enhance student learning, promote civic engagement, and actively improve the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez region.

Program Description

Almost 75% of the more than 20,000 University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) students are Hispanic, the majority of them first-generation college students. UTEP is largely a commuter campus, 60% of students attend full-time, and the vast majority of them work full-time or part-time. In this context, engagement in the community is a key ingredient to student success at UTEP, reinforcing classroom instruction with real-world applications and allowing students to recognize the value of their newly acquired skills and education.

Outcome

Since 2004, 2,462 students have participated in the programs and nearly 80% of participating in CCE are Hispanic.

Over 50 students have participated in a CCE internship, and 100% of the current interns are Hispanic/Latino. 49 out of 50 of these students have graduated or are on-track to graduate. 

More than 86% of students who participated in service-learning agreed or strongly agreed that they understood the link between what they learned in class and what they learned in the community.

More than 75% felt that the experience contributed to their development in leadership, 71.4% believed their self-confidence increased as a result of the experience.

Through the programs, students have contributed nearly 300,000 hours to the community, the equivalent of 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for 34 years and 3 months!