The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) faces some unique regional challenges that hinder retention, success, persistence, and progression. These regional challenges include reduced college preparedness, a high incidence of poverty, low educational attainment, and a language barrier. In particular, first-year, first-term UTRGV students are largely underprepared to take Calculus. This places an undue burden on the students, lengthens their time to graduation, and hinders their performance in many gatekeeper courses. The shortcomings that result in gatekeeper courses are especially acute and significantly hinder success in upper-division courses. To overcome these, the PIs have identified four proven practices that can accelerate math-preparedness of incoming freshman, overcome misconceptions that hinder progression from lower to upper division, and enhance sustained student engagement throughout. Together these practices form a strategy intended to engender a sustainable ecosystem of student success in Engineering and Computer Science in the Rio South Texas Region.

Research/Education Partnerships Fostering Course-based Research

Transforming the Institutional Culture to Promote Innovation and Change in First-Year Education

Broadening the impact and evaluating the effectiveness of randomization-based curricula for introductory statistics

Revision of Freshman Calculus To Improve Success of Engineering Undergraduates

A Community of Enhanced Assessment Facilitates Reformed Teaching

Crafting a Revolution in Physics Education: Conference on Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences

Using Faculty Learning Communities to Increase the Use of Evidence-based Practices

Capturing the Ecosystem and Culture to Support Risk-Taking and AdditiveInnovation: Laying the Groundwork