Feb 02, 2023  
2019 - 2020 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog 
2019 - 2020 UTPB Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED 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, Mentoring, Early Alert, EAB predictive analytic software, Retention Office, and academic probation and dismissal programs. For information on the tools we have available to help you succeed, contact success@utpb.edu

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.  Services available at the Success Center include AVID, 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 STEM courses – from developmental Math to Physics, from Organic Chemistry to Engineering – is also available in the Success Center. Tutors who support students in STEM courses are trained in AVID. They have been trained in a student-centered philosophy to facilitate learning 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 is supplied for them. SI is located in the Success Center, and faculty and SI team members set the schedule and location for study sessions based on the needs of a particular course. The Supplemental Instructor for most courses is hand-picked by the course instructor, and like the Success Center tutors, SIs 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

Our Mission:  Testing Services is committed to providing exceptional, accessible, and comprehensive testing programs for UTPB 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 UTPB. We provide in-house test proctoring services for professors make up exams and community members taking online/correspondence courses. 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).  The Prometric Testing Center offers professional exams such as, GRE, TOEFL, MCAT, TExES, and many others.

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 FIG (Freshman Interest Group) format in which students are paired with an instructor/section according to their major or general field of interest. This allows for students to meet a faculty member in their field as well as other students that share their interests, and also gives them insight into their field of study or interest early in their academic careers.