What is Student Engagement, and How Can I Help?
Engaging in what are known as high-impact practices or experiences will help prepare students for success in their personal, academic, and professional lives. Engagement refers to students participating in meaningful campus activities both in and out of the classroom; these activities are meaningful because they help students grow and develop personally, intellectually, and professionally.
You can help by encouraging and supporting your student’s participation in the UTEP Edge high-impact experiences. Participating in enriching experiences such as learning communities, study abroad/study away, undergraduate research, and internships will help students develop their own UTEP edge. Students may learn more about the UTEP Edge and the Edge experiences at www.utep.edu/edge/.
Campus organizations and events are also important parts of student engagement. Encourage your student to investigate the many UTEP student organizations, which include social, honors, and professional organizations. Students may learn more about campus organizations and student events by visiting the Student Engagement and Leadership Center website at www.utep.edu/student-affairs/selc/.
UTEP also offers sporting events, musical performances, plays, lectures, exhibits, and literary readings. Encourage your student to attend these campus events. Students can learn about these events by reading the Prospector, which is the campus newspaper, reviewing the weekly bulletin that is sent to their UTEP email each Friday, and checking the UTEP events calendar at https://events.utep.edu/.
What is the UTEP Edge?
The UTEP Edge is a campus-wide success initiative that helps students build on the many strengths and talents they bring to the university. Through engagement in what are known as high-impact practices both in and out of the classroom, UTEP students develop their UTEP Edge to support their personal, academic, and career success.
What are high-impact practices? They are activities that have a significant positive impact on student growth and success. These practices include participating in learning communities (linked classes), on-campus employment, student leadership, internships, community service, research with a faculty member, and study abroad.
What do students gain from participating in high-impact practices? They gain the opportunity to further develop their talents, skills and strengths, such as effective communication, problem-solving, leadership, and teamwork. The development of these talents and skills helps students prepare for lifelong success.
To learn more about the UTEP Edge, visit www.utep.edu/edge/.