Today’s students may work full time; enroll with uneven academic preparation and transcripts from multiple academic, military, and professional training experiences; or return throughout their careers to advance their credentials and continuously build their personal brand. UTx programs support the varied learning landscape.
Despite leading the nation in population growth, Texas is unable to meet its current and projected health care demands. According to recent federal statistics, 193 of Texas’s 254 counties are medically underserved and another 40 are partially underserved.
To increase the number and diversity of health care professionals, UTx and its campus partners are instituting future models of biomedical science and health professions education that span the traditional divides among high school, community college, college, and professional school and beyond. Our projects target pre-collegiate, undergraduate, graduate, and continuing and professional education markets. The competency-based, bilingual (Spanish and English) and personalized approach will better meet student needs of participating campuses, as well as, current students, as well as, throughout the United States and Latin America.
The B.S. in Biomedical Sciences at UT Rio Grande Valley was a first step in creating a pathway to success in health sciences and health professions stretching from high school to professional education.Learn More
More than 209,000 cybersecurity jobs in the U.S. are unfilled, and postings are up 74 percent over the past five years, according to a 2015 analysis of numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by Peninsula Press, a project of the Stanford University Journalism Program. A report from Cisco puts the global figure at one million cybersecurity job openings with demand expected to rise to 6 million globally by 2019, with a projected shortfall of 1.5 million.
Demand for business-related credentials will be equally high. Indeed, business degrees comprise six of the ten most in-demand degrees among employers. A recent survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers reported that over three-fifths of companies said they were looking to hire business, engineering, and computer and information sciences majors. UTx initiatives in cyber security, business and early engineering will expand the group of students who are well qualified for success in these majors while offering innovative, success-oriented pathways for college students who are eager to obtain a degree or certificate in these high demand fields.
To ensure that Texas high school graduates are well prepared for postsecondary success, the UTx Prospect initiative partners with high schools to to offer early exposure to UT quality courses and degree pathways. Students can earn dual credit for courses that create a trajectory into highly competitive fields, such as healthcare and cyber security. Upon graduation, students have the opportunity to complete a degree in that field, potentially at an accelerated pace, and have the skills to be hired in that industry.