Since Fall 2008, UTPA 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.

The Scholars Academy (SA) is an academically competitive scholarship and mentoring program housed in the University of Houston-Downtown College of Sciences & Technology supporting exceptional minority and female, first time in college (FTIC), first generation, and transfer students pursuing baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  By providing tuition support scholarships and year-round mentoring

The Medical Spanish for Heritage Learners program (initiated in 2007 with assistance from a FIPSE grant) is an academic minor consisting of four intermediate and advanced level Spanish classes that develop advanced medical terminology in Spanish, medical interpreting and translation skills, and basic understanding of the public health disciplines.  The program has a unique curriculum that is fully articulated with South Texas College and has

Learning Frameworks (PSYC 1300) is a 3-credit hour, college-level, transferable student success course.  This course is designed to support students by providing students with the academic and personal skills needed for college success.  All first time-in-college students at Brazosport College are required to take this course.

The College Readiness Initiative was undertaken in 2005 to address the need to increase the number of high school graduates who meet the Texas Success Initiative standards upon entry into college and who place into college level courses (avoiding the need for remediation).

STEP 2 is a student support services program that assists transfer students from South Plains College that have completed their Associates of Arts in Teaching at South Plains College and desire to obtain their certification to teach from a 4-year institution.  STEP 1 is to complete the AAT (Associate of Arts in Teaching).  STEP 2 is to transfer to Texas Tech University.  The partnership between South Plains College and Texas Tech College of E

The Early College High School (ECHS) Initiative at El Paso Community College (EPCC) provides students in the Far West Texas region the opportunity to complete an associate degree before graduating from high school. The first ECHS opened in 2006, and now EPCC has partnered with six independent school districts to create twelve ECHS’s.

The doctoral program in Educational Leadership at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is providing leadership and knowledge for and about Latinos and the environments that impact them and their future. The majority of the dissertations address issues of importance to the education of Latinos at all levels, from pre-K through doctoral level.

The UNT Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program provides year-round research experience with faculty mentors from various academic disciplines. The scholars collaborate with their mentors to publish journal articles and present research results on state, regional, and national platforms.

CAHSI is an inclusive consortium of institutions and individuals committed to creating a unified voice and consolidating their strengths and resources to increase the number of Hispanics who pursue and complete baccalaureate and advanced degrees in computing areas.