Learning Frameworks - The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

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Academic Program
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Program Focus
First Year Support


A goal of the Learning Frameworks course at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) is to assist entering freshmen early in their college experience to make conscious choices and appropriate decisions about their chosen career.

Program Description

Since Fall 2008, UTRGV requires entering freshmen students with an ACT score of 18 or less or not in the top 25% of their high school graduating class to enroll in the UNIV 1301—Learning Framework course during their first year of college. The course is designed to help students understand the principles of learning and motivation and to apply them to their own university experience. Its focus is on helping students understand their own learning styles and acquaint them with the expectations of learning in college. Students with ACT scores of 19 or higher and graduating in the top 25% of their class are placed on provisional status. Their academic performance is monitored after the first semester to ensure they earn at least 12 semester credit hours and have at least a 2.5 term grade point average. If they do not, they are also required to take the Learning Frameworks the following semester.


The retention rate for the entire entering freshmen cohort has steadily increased by 13% from Fall 2000 (60%) to Fall 2009 (73%). 

The Fall 2000 freshman retention rate was 60%.

The Fall 2004 freshman retention rate was 68%, the same year when the Learning Frameworks course was implemented.

The Fall 2009 freshman retention rate was 73%.