Institutional Reports and Studies
As the University of Texas at Brownsville solidifies itself as a stand-alone institution whose students are seen as academically prepared and successful as other institutions within the UT System, the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness has seized on the opportunity to explore the differences between incoming freshmen and their predecessors under the UTB/TSC partnership that was terminated in 2012. Through a combination of self-reporting provided through the Entering Student Survey and other institution-specific data, an image of the characteristics and identity of a UTB freshman has emerged; she is academically prepared for the rigors of higher education and ready to step forward and make a substantially positive effect on the economy and her community.
This brief offers a focus on the distinctions that have been found through that research and allows for a closer look at the UTB freshman as the institution moves forward toward a new identity as UTRGV.
The UTB Math and Science Academy (MSA) Brief highlights the achievements of the students who enrolled and graduated from the acclaimed high school that is part of the university. Established by the 79th Texas Legislature and only one of two in the state, the MSA was designed as a commuter program at The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) for high-school aged students who are gifted in math and science. Its mission is to graduate students who excel in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines and will become socially responsible citizens, capable and eager to address the global challenges of the modern world through a technology and science perspective.
This brief profiles the 2007, 2008, and 2009 entering MSA cohorts, including analysis of their general demographic characteristics, and their academic achievements upon entering and once completing the program. Their performance is compared against regular full-time, college-ready incoming freshmen entering during the same fall terms in an effort to underscore the value and success of this distinguished pre-college program.
The UTB Graduate Research Brief was designed to ensure a better understanding of the outcomes and performance of the bachelor’s degree-seeking cohort of students completing their studies at the University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB). As a long-time partner with a community college, performance metrics were often difficult to isolate so that distinct information about student achievement in community college programs and bachelor’s degree programs were not ambiguous. The analysis contained in this brief seeks to clarify the impact that institution has made on the community, the authentic graduation rate of bachelor’s degree seekers that can be compared to other institutions across the state, the employment outcomes of graduates, and the path that students undergo towards the attainment of their baccalaureate credential.
Moreover, as UTB enters its final year before entering into its new venture at UT Rio Grande Valley, it is fitting to learn more about the considerable impact that UTB has had on the local community and region and how the efforts of educators and graduates coalesced to improve the community and the quality of life of countless individuals in the region and beyond.
The UTB Student Experience in Brief features an overview of UTB student responses to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) administered in the spring 2012 semester. NSSE is one of the most comprehensive assessments of effective practices in higher education and UT Brownsville was one of 577 four-year colleges and universities nationwide who participated in the 2012 survey. Results from the survey are summarized into five ‘benchmarks’ of best practices and are contextualized through analysis of overall student satisfaction, key findings on high-impact practices and engagement and finally, through comparison with UT System and Carnegie Class peer institutions.
The UTB and TSC Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness (OIRPE) is proud to share its first research brief publication: The UTB and TSC Freshman Student.
This report is the first of a series of briefs to be released by the OIRPE designed to investigate key issues and topics of high relevance to our students, faculty, staff and greater community that can be used to inform decision-making, research and continuous quality improvement.
The UTB and TSC Freshman Student Research Brief profiles key enrollment, biographical and survey data on fall 2012 first-time freshman students as well as provides a historical look at high school, enrollment and academic performance trends of former and current UTB and TSC incoming freshman students.