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The University of Texas at El Paso

UTEP's Vision, Mission, and Goals

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Dr. Diana Natalicio

The University of Texas at El Paso commits itself to providing quality higher education to a diverse student population. Classified as a Doctoral/Research-Intensive university, UTEP seeks to extend the greatest possible educational access to a region which has been geographically isolated with limited economic and educational opportunities for many of its people. The University will ensure that its graduates obtain the best education possible, one which is equal, and in some respects superior, to that of other institutions, so that UTEP's graduates will be competitive in the global marketplace. UTEP also envisions capitalizing on its bi-national location to create and maintain multicultural, inter-American educational and research collaborations among students, faculty, institutions, and industries, especially in northern Mexico.

The UTEP community - faculty, students, staff, and administrators - commits itself to the two ideals of excellence and access. In addition, the University accepts a strict standard of accountability for institutional effectiveness as it educates students who will be the leaders of the 21st century. Through the accomplishment of its mission and goals via continuous improvement, UTEP aspires to be an educational leader in a changing economic, technological, and social environment: a new model for Texas higher education.

The University of Texas at El Paso Mission 
The University of Texas at El Paso is dedicated to the advancement of the El Paso region through education, creative and artistic production, and the generation, interpretation, application and commercialization of key discoveries, and the dissemination of knowledge. UTEP embraces its role as an intellectual, cultural and socioeconomic asset to the region, offering programs to meet human resource needs and contribute to the quality of life.

As a public university, UTEP is committed to providing access and opportunity to the people of the El Paso region and the State of Texas. UTEP’s mission of ensuring access is coupled with a commitment to excellence reflected in rigorous programs, which prepare students to make significant contributions to their professions, their communities and the world.

As a research/doctoral institution, UTEP fosters a climate of scholarly inquiry, with a
special focus on applying innovative interdisciplinary approaches to explore and address
major issues that confront the multicultural, U.S.-Mexico border region.



UTEP Goals:
  1. Learning and Teaching:
    To prepare UTEP students to meet lifelong intellectual, ethical, and career challenges and to be the leaders of the 21st century.
  2. Research, Scholarship and Artistic Production:
    To create, interpret, evaluate, apply, and disseminate knowledge; to encourage the addition of perspectives based on UTEP's geographic and social setting; and to contribute to the formation of a broader intellectual and artistic foundation for the 21st century.
  3. Public Service:
    To work in partnership with public and private agencies, institutions, and organizations, including business and industry, to improve the quality of life in our region and world by providing appropriate University expertise and leadership.
  4. Administration:
    To support the achievement of UTEP's mission in learning, teaching, research, scholarship, artistic production, and public service through responsive, effective, and efficient administrative and staff services.


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