Upward Bound Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

Promote each student's learning experience by assuring that the least advantaged segments of the area population has a realistic chance to enter and graduate from a post secondary institution.

Vision Statement

To establish the Texas Tech University Department of Upward Bound Programs as the national model of outstanding college preparatory services.

The Department of Upward Bound Programs values:

  • Commitment to Educational Success
  • Respect
  • Courtesy
  • Compassion
  • Determination
  • Diversity
  • Dependability
  • Perseverance
  • Responsibility

Goals, Critical Success Factors, and Objectives (including Strategies and Assessments)

Goal 1: Access and Diversity: Recruit, retain, and graduate into post-secondary education a larger, more academically prepared and diverse Upward Bound student body.

Benchmarks
  • Meet the required number of students to be served as approved by the Department of Education.
  • Retention rate of 80% from one program year to the next.
  • Diversity in the number of schools represented to 80% of all target schools.
Objective 1.1: Enhance the Department's student recruitment practices to incorporate a focus geared toward future retention.
Strategies
  • Establish an Upward Bound waiting list for students who are not admitted initially.
  • Attend workshops geared toward student retention so that effective strategies and best practices can be implemented in the department's delivery of services.
Objective 1.2: Enhance the Department's recruiting practices to include an additional focus on creating a more diverse student participant population.
Strategies
  • Effectively communicate the Department's desire to enhance the diversity of program participants.
  • Apply for financial/logistical support from campus and other funding agencies based on successful justification.

Goal 2. Academic Excellence: Implement a rigorous curriculum to ensure college admission and post secondary success.

Benchmarks
  • 90% of all UB participants will have achieved a proficient level on the state assessments in reading/language arts and math.
  • The Bridge class will obtain a minimum 3.0 group grade point average.
Objective 2.1: Enhance the tutorial component to a level that can effectively address the program participants' high school GPA's and State Assessment Tests.
Strategies
  • Maintain a quality tutorial staff with the capacity to impact students' high school GPA's.
  • Implement a technology-based tutoring component to reach students that are not able to attend every regularly scheduled Saturday session.
Objective 2.2: Enhance instructional component to better address the program participants' academic skill levels.
Strategies
  • Maintain a quality instructional staff with the capacity to impact students' high school GPA's and State Assessment Tests.
  • Group students according to courses taken and performance in their high school courses.
Objective 2.3: Engage parents in the effort to assist in addressing the academic skill level of program participants.
Strategies
  • Effectively communicate the academic excellence goals of Upward Bound to Parent Council members and individual parents
  • Involve parents in brainstorming activities aimed at generating ideas to improve the students' academic performance
Objective 2.4: Encourage students to become active in the team effort to obtain exemplary grades in university classes.
Strategies
  • Involve students in goal-setting activities aimed at obtaining exemplary grades in university classes
  • Develop more effective incentive program geared toward recognizing student academic success during Bridge participation

Goal 3. Technology: Maximize the use of Technology in the delivery of services.

Benchmarks
  • Expenditures increased by 5% on information technology over five years
  • 10% increase in students trained to use software within five years
  • 20% increase in staff trained to use software within five years
  • 40% of applications, consent forms, announcements, and other participant paperwork online within five years
Objective 3.1: Increase student and staff access to Information Technology.
Strategies
  • Create a more effective database for tracking former participants.
  • Implement a technology-based tutoring component
  • Encourage staff training in the use of various computer software and related technologies

Goal 4. Partnerships and Engagement: Build strategic partnerships and alliances.

Benchmarks
  • Form a minimum of 3 partnerships annually.
  • Increase recruitment, retention and graduation rates of Upward Bound participants through collaborative partnerships by 20%
Objective 4.1: Establish collaborative alliances with other area youth-serving organizations.
Strategies
  • Identify various agencies with the capacity to enhance the department's recruitment, retention and graduation rates of students participating in Upward Bound
  • Form new partnerships with agencies geared toward enhancing the program participants' recruitment, retention, and graduation rates
Objective 4.2: Develop a comprehensive component for the utilization of volunteers.
Strategies
  • Contact organizations and agencies to determine their availabilities to form new collaborative linkages with the department
  • Form partnerships with individuals or organizations having the capacity to contribute to the department's volunteer initiative
Objective 4.3: Establish additional partnerships that will enhance the level of parent participation.
Strategies
  • Conduct a parent survey to determine their knowledge of agencies or individuals with the capacity to form partnerships with the Parent Council
  • Contact agencies to ascertain the level of interest in establishing collaborative partnerships with the parents organization