Dec 03, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Undergraduate Success Program


The Undergraduate Success Program at UT Permian Basin is responsible for driving retention and graduation rates. The office includes the Honors program, developmental education, the Freshman Seminar, Academic Advising, Graduation Help Desk, high impact practices such as study abroad, Testing Services, Tutoring and Mentoring, Early Alert, EAB predictive analytic software, the Retention Office, and academic probation and dismissal programs. For information on the tools we have available to help you succeed, contact the Dean of Student Success

The Success Center at UTPB

The Success Center at UT Permian Basin offers a wide array of academic support services for students, faculty, and staff. Located on the second floor of the Mesa Building, the Success Center is open year round and operates under the supervision of the Dean of Undergraduate Success.  To contact the Success Center, please call 432-552-3350 or email success@utpb.edu.  Services available at the Success Center include tutoring and mentoring on the AVID model, a peer mentoring program designed to provide support to all students, particularly freshmen.  AVID is a key component of the Freshman Seminar and offers peer assistance in study skills, class preparation, and academic success.

Tutorial Services

Tutorial support for a wide variety of courses – from developmental Math to Physics, from Organic Chemistry to Engineering – are also available in the Success Center. Tutors who support students are trained in AVID methodology. They use a student-centered philosophy to facilitate education from the learner’s point of need. Most tutorials are available as either appointments or walk-in arrangements. Both group and individual tutorials are available.

Group tutorials are an essential learning tool for more challenging courses, and Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Peer Led Teams Learning (PLTL) are supplied for them. SI and PLTL are located in the Success Center, and faculty and SI and PLTL team members set the schedule and location for study sessions based on the needs of a particular course. The Supplemental Instructor or Peer Leader for most courses are hand-picked by the course instructor, and like the Success Center tutors, they have been trained in AVID to provide the most effective academic support possible.

Writing tutors are also housed in the Success Center. They offer both walk-in and appointment sessions for individuals and groups.  These tutors are trained to help all writers improve the quality of their work, whether the writer is a student or a member of the faculty. Based on the simple philosophy that if the writer improves, the writing will follow, these tutors are skilled in facilitating improvements in critical thinking that are essential to intellectual and academic growth. Writing tutors facilitate graduate writing groups, in-class workshops, and campus-wide workshops on topics as varied as how to use style guides to avoiding common grammar errors. They can and do supply custom workshops for instructors who need to be absent but who do not want to lose valuable class time; the tutors cover areas of need associated with writing and research not typically covered in the course. These tutors are certified through AVID.

Testing Services

Testing Services is committed to providing exceptional, accessible, and comprehensive testing programs for UT Permian Basin students and the community.  All tests are administered under standardized conditions that are fair, efficient, and secure.  We adhere to all standards set forth by UT Permian Basin. We provide in-house test proctoring services for professors make up exams, community members taking online/correspondence courses, and for students under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Tests administered on campus are Institutional ACT, Texas Success Initiative Assessment (TSIA), TExES, CLAP, Test of Academic Skills V (TEAS), HiSET (high school equivalency exam), and TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality). 

First Year Seminar

First Year Seminar is a required course for all first time, full time freshman. This course serves as an extended orientation for students to become familiar with their campus and the culture of a university. First Year Seminar is conducted through a generalized model to allow students to learn the basics of how to succeed in college that can apply in any major.  Instructors for these seminars make sure students know how to access various support services, how to receive advising and schedule classes, how to make best use of financial aid, and make connections with faculty and peers to support their learning throughout their entire college career. 

Retention Office

The focus of the Retention office is keep students enrolled and help them make progress towards graduation.  This office runs re-enrollment campaigns for students who have stopped out, does outreach on new program available to students, and hosts events focusing on enrollment and retention.  This office also houses our Graduation Help Desk.  The Help Desk does outreach to students who are approaching graduation to clear roadblocks and offer support and assistance to students to help them obtain their degrees.  This office also does extensive work with our First Time in College (FTIC) cohorts through outreach and support services.  Finally, this office also handles all cases of Academic Probation and Dismissal, and any student on dismissal can find the procedure for re-enrollment at: https://www.utpb.edu/academics/undergraduate-studies/academic-dismissal

 

Developmental Education

Developmental Education is centered in Student Success, and all classes are supported and run through the Office of Developmental Education.  Developmental Education helps students with preparation for their TSI exams, runs summer boat camps for the TSI, and helps to sponsor tutoring and mentoring for developmental course.  For more information on developmental classes and TSI requirements, please see the Retention and Student Records section of the catalog. 

 

Honors Program

The University of Texas Permian Basin Honors Program provides a one-of-a-kind experience for academically talented students. T As a member of the University Honors Program, students will gain unique opportunities that will enhance their academic experience. Students in the UTPB honors program interact with highly motivated faculty, staff, and peers.  Students who register with the University Honors Program and successfully complete the following three-course sequence: UNIV 1301, UNIV 1302, and UNIV 2301, will be given credit for three general education courses:  Language, Philosophy, and Culture; Creative Arts; and   Government/Political Science.  Honors students enrolled in UNIV 1301 are not required to take the Freshmen Seminar course (UNIV 1101).he Honors Program is open to students across all academic disciplines.