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Exceptional Education for All

Serving Beyond Enrollment and Graduation

UTEP is a product of its mission-driven and collective, one-team approach to improve student success. Intentional servingness in all aspects of the institution has earned UTEP recognition from MarketWatch as one of the best model institutions in the country for helping graduates from the poorest backgrounds reach the uppermost income quintile. UTEP’s one-team approach places meaningful servingness in all aspects of the institution: leadership, curricular and co-curricular programs, research, and financial support.

The examples below highlight UTEP's  servingness in action.


UTEP Edge: Asset-Based Philosophy

The UTEP Edge, the University’s asset-based philosophy builds on the successful foundation of the University’s access, excellence, and impact mission, and focuses on three foundational principles: talented students, engaging experiences, and lifelong success.The Edge was formed in 2016 as part of UTEP’s Quality Enhancement Plan, which recognizes that students enter with many talents, great strengths, and big dreams. UTEP’s asset-based plan commits to further develop students’ strengths through high-impact, enriching experiences to ensuring that every UTEP student receives the best holistic education necessary for success on our campus, in the professional word, and as community and global leaders. The UTEP Edge is guided by close collaboration of campus units – achieving measurable, positive change through a cross-campus, one-team approach. We use an asset-based model in pursuing our goals; that is, we begin with our local talent, people, experience, skills, and resources, and seek to leverage these and add to them to optimize shared outcomes. We are data informed and committed to continuous improvement.

Learn More: UTEP Edge


Holistic Advising

UTEP’s holistic advising model is designed to help our students identify and capitalize on their assets in order to cultivate strong foundations during their first three semesters. By elevating advising to deliberate and meaningful interaction with every student, UTEP empowers students to cultivate individual agency and assisting them in developing individualized academic, financial, and engagement plans that carve a clear pathway to successful degree completion.

Learn more: UTEP Academic Advising Center


Financial and Social Support Services (FSSS)

Financial and Social Support Services (FSSS) is a component of UTEP’s holistic advising model designed to educate and empower students by increasing financial literacy, and cultivating the skills necessary to make sound financial decisions. FSSS connects students to resources both on-campus and in the community that address students’ unique needs and facilitates student success. Through a partnership with UTEP's Master of Social Work (MSW )program, MSW interns provide students with personalized financial and social support. Financial social work fosters financial literacy and financial capability through empowering students to make more sound financial decisions in the context of their whole lives.

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Employment and Professional Development

A commitment to Inclusive Excellence goes beyond enrollment, academic support, and even graduation. True fulfillment of UTEP’s mission means seeing our graduates succeed as professionals and make contributions to the global economy and workforce as strong leaders. Professional habits form early and UTEP provides a powerful array of professional development and career resources to ensure students are on a path toward career success. Professional development practices involve career workshops, training in class, and  integration of high-impact practices that prepare students with skills sought out by employers. UTEP leverages its status as an R1 institution and America’s leading Hispanic-serving university to provide internship and employment opportunities with some of the nation’s top employers, launching our students to career success upon graduation.

Learn More: Student Employment



The Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) was created at UTEP in 2006 with National Science Foundation (NSF) Broadening Participation in Computing funding to address the low representation of Hispanics in computing in both higher education and the workforce. In 2018, CAHSI received funding from the NSF, one of only five in the inaugural year to be designated as a National INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discovers in Engineering and Science) alliance. CAHSI’s strategic actions accelerate inclusive change as well as engage administrators, faculty and professional staff, and entities from the public and private sectors. CAHSI sets forth a flexible process using the conditions of collective impact that furthers the interchange of knowledge creation, adaptation, dissemination, and assessment. Because of its evidence-based impact, CAHSI has been nationally recognized in 2015 by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education and by Excelencia in Education through its Growing What Works database.CAHSI serves first generation students, Hispanic students, and students at all levels.

Learn More: CAHSI