Texas Tech University

K-12 & Outreach & Engagement Efforts


K-12 & Undergraduate Engagement supports the commitment of The Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement students, staff and faculty to be civically engaged by fostering a college-achieving culture. This is accomplished through the development, expansion and delivery of a nexus of programs, partnerships and opportunities which serve the community, promote learning and enrich lives.

Division of Institutional Diversity Units

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The goal of the Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners (IDEAL) is to provide curriculum based programming distinctly designed to challenge and engage students in fields such as science, technology, engineering and math. In support of this goal IDEAL offers a variety of summer programming in conjunction with numerous financial and academic partners to students from the 4th grade through the 12th grade.

Office of Academic Enrichment

The purpose of the Office of Academic Enrichment (OAE) is to support student academic success and retention through interdisciplinary integration of proven academic strategy programs, co-curricular activities and academic support services. To accomplish this, OAE has created a network of partners, staff, instructors and tutors who communicate and collaborate with current and future students to create strong and focused learning environments that enable students to address issues, strengthen understanding and define and achieve educational goals. In addition to academic pursuits, OAE is committed to assisting students in developing their professional skill set including a strong global awareness that is evident in their communication and interaction. Designated as the University’s home department for the AVID for Higher Education initiative, OAE supports the continuation of the AVID construct from secondary education to higher education by providing an AVID based success course and tutoring.

Office of Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement is focused on impacting the K-20 community by fostering a college achieving culture. This is accomplished by providing programs, activities and events that are built on the concepts of college readiness and college achievement. Through local, regional, state and national partnerships OCE is able to provide students and families with the information, resources and skills they need to be successful in the pursuit of higher education.

TTU Chess Program

Texas Tech Chess Scholarship Program brings outstanding students to the University. We offer chess scholarships to qualified applicants at both the undergraduate or graduate level. Since we compete at all division levels, the program is able to provide opportunities for Texas Tech chess players from international grandmasters to club players.

University Interscholastic League

The Texas Tech UIL department supports advancing the awareness of and increasing the enrollment of the University by hosting regional academic and athletic competitions which enable many of the top high school students from across the state the opportunity to visit the Texas Tech campus. UIL is dedicated to providing high school students with unbiased competitions; quality venues; and promoting partnerships and collaborations with local and regional educators and business establishments.

Upward Bound Programs

Upward Bound is a dynamic, academic enrichment program designed to prepare first-generation high school students for college by providing opportunities for various experiences, career options, and diverse cultural activities. Along with providing the previous services to our students we assist our students with the financial aid process. By guiding our students we enhance their opportunities to pursue a degree and continue on with their academic careers.

Academic Partners

Center for Active Learning & Undergraduate Engagement
College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources (CASNR)
College of Arts & Sciences
College of Education
College of Human Sciences
College of Media and Communication
College of Visual & Performing Arts
Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering
Honors College
International Cultural Center Outreach
Jerry S. Rawls College of Business

Community Partners

College for All Texans
Communities in Schools of the South Plains
Learn, Inc
Lubbock ISD
South Plains Closing the Gaps Council
Volunteer Center of Lubbock
Workforce Solutions South Plains


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