College of Liberal Arts

PACE Program Recognized with Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award

Tue, Jun 13, 2017
PACE Peer Mentors. Photo credit: Phil Butler
PACE Peer Mentors. Photo credit: Phil Butler

The University of Texas at Austin’s Path to Admission through Co-Enrollment (PACE) program has been recognized with a 2017 Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award from NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising.

“The Outstanding Advising Program Award annually recognizes programs that document innovative and exemplary practices resulting in improvement of academic advising service,” according to a NACADA press release.

The PACE program, administered by the Division of Student Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts, offers alternate entrance to The University of Texas at Austin to select students. PACE participants spend their freshman year on the Forty Acres part-time, taking one class per semester at the university while completing the majority of their coursework at Austin Community College (ACC) – Rio Grande.

At the end of the year, those who successfully complete PACE requirements continue their undergraduate studies at UT Austin full time and on track for on-time graduation, and are automatically admissible to a number of majors in the College of Liberal Arts, College of Education or Moody College of Communication.

The program fosters the collaborative relationship between the two institutions and helps students to transition into undergraduate education in a supportive and dynamic environment. Resources include coordinated in-house academic advising between campuses, peer mentorship, targeted social events and a weekly seminar with a customized curriculum. 

In addition to assisting with academic planning, PACE advisors work closely with students to promote a growth mindset, assist in the development of life skills and positively impact the UT Austin and ACC campus communities. 

Currently, about 100 students are enrolled in the program. Since it began in 2013, more than 550 students have participated.

“The PACE students are such a bright and energetic group,” said Jasmine Rose Schmitt, program coordinator of PACE. “Our advising team is thrilled to be part of their unique first-year experience. We work with students to explore diverse pathways and accomplish their goals as they transition to UT Austin.” 

The award will be presented in October in St. Louis during the NACADA’s annual conference.

For more information about PACE, visit their website. For more information about the award, visit the NACADA webpage.

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