A&M’s Empower-U prepares students for college

A&M’s Empower-U prepares students for college

The Texas A&M University system launched EmpowerU, a new management and accountability program that will measure student success from the ground, last Monday, Oct. 29.

EmpowerU focuses on grades PK-12, and makes sure certain students are prepared when they enter an A&M System school by helping students stay on track to graduate fully capable and properly credentialed.

“The level of transparency we are showing today does not exist in any university in the world,” said John Sharp, chancellor of the A&M System. “It will be a model for the rest of the nation to produce a truly transparent and effective education system.”

Chancellor Sharp and the Board of Regents challenged institutions in the A&M System to come up with solutions to meet an accountability imperative, seeing as how individual universities should be accountable for measuring the results of EmpowerU.

University leaders, staff and faculty worked together to come up with a program, which resulted in one based on all the ideas of the A&M System.

“When we began to re-evaluate our performance measures over a year ago, I felt we were behind in answering the call for more accountability in terms of progress toward efficiency and effectiveness in the A&M System,” Richard Box, Board of Regents Chairman, said. “The development of EmpowerU has fully addressed those concerns and is a true showing of the leadership that is possible with team effort.”

EmpowerU begins working with children as soon as they enter the public school system and continues until college graduation. It ensures that the A&M System has done everything possible to help the student reach their academic potential.

The program provides performance metrics to help with support and implements incentives for students to graduate in a timely manner. It also tracks learning outcomes to assure A&M System graduates have the skills and knowledge needed for success.

“The EmpowerU imperatives respect and embrace the uniqueness of our institutions and enables each of them to implement the best approaches for student success based on their student population and mission,” Regent Elaine Mendoza, chair of the A&M System Board of Regents Committee on Student and Academic Affairs, said. “We expect to continue to improve. There is no finish line for this project until students are prepared, graduate timely, add value to their employer and is prepared to be an engaged citizen.”

For more on EmpowerU and the online reporting tool, visit http://empoweru.tamus.edu.