One of the best parts of my job is getting to know accomplished UTA students like Ashley Rodriguez. The oldest of eight, she became the first person in her family to earn a college degree in May when she walked across the College Park Center stage to receive her diploma. Now she’s off to Georgetown Law School, one step closer to her goal of becoming an attorney.
We need to have more students like her if the state is going to achieve its ambitious goal of ensuring that 60 percent of young adult Texans have college degrees or postsecondary certificates by 2030.
UTA is helping lead the discussion on attaining this goal, and on April 5 hosted the first comprehensive regional gathering of North Texas leaders to devise solutions. UTA researchers are expanding on programs that are successfully paving a pathway for more students to enter college and complete their degrees. A new student-focused center in the Central Library is designed to offer support that leads to degree completion. Also, this summer the campus will host more than 500 rising 9th graders, introducing them to college life and what it takes to succeed here.
These initiatives and many others under the UTA banner are making a difference to students, their families, the community, and beyond. Rising to meet challenges—it’s what Mavericks do best.
– Kathryn Hopper