Upward Bound Strategic Plan
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 postsecondary institution.
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
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 2.5: Encourage students to become active in the team effort to obtain exemplary grades in university classes.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 4.4: Establish additional partnerships that will enhance the level of parent participation.
- 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