What is EmpowerU?

An Imperative for Excellence: Performing at the Highest Levels as guided by the Mission

History
The Texas A&M University System holds member institutions accountable for measuring results, quality and overall cost efficiency as they fulfill their missions. To this end, leaders of the institutions were challenged to bring solutions to meet the A&M System accountability imperative. Institutional leaders worked with their staff and faculty to produce measures resulting in the creation of a systematic approach based on the uniqueness of each institution to maximize the potential for students to develop into the most educated and motivated citizenry in the world.

Accountability: An outcomes driven higher education system

The A&M System provides data reflective of student success and cost. Each institution identified metrics pertinent to delivering on their unique mission. Furthermore, the A&M System created a comprehensive view of all system universities with respect to common measures of effectiveness. Updates on these metrics are presented as soon as internal data is processed, using “real time data,” which allows institutions to make timely adjustments.

Quality: Focus and commitment to timely graduation and a high value education

The A&M System remains focused on quality as it facilitates, supports and incentivizes students to graduate in a timely manner. Therefore, the A&M System measures learning outcomes across the system. All institutions came together to define each measure providing the A&M System with a common set of outcomes. The A&M System is committed to the identification and monitoring of common educational outcomes as a cumulative and necessary report card of student success. 

  • Decision-making and social responsibility: Use of ethical reasoning
  • Globalization and diversity: Understand global sensitivities
  • Specific knowledge: Demonstrate subject matter expertise
  • Communication: Clear expression of ideas to diverse audiences
  • Integration: Ability to synthesize knowledge from their studies
  • Problem Solving/Critical Thinking:  Utilize qualitative & quantitative reasoning

Responsibility to P-20: (LearningU) Changing the delivery of educator preparation and development

The Texas A&M University System recognizes a prepared student is the most effective cost efficiency strategy and leads to persistence and graduation in a timely manner. We are committed to the development and implementation of outstanding teacher preparation programs that promote the achievement of all students in the public school system. We are collaborating with P-20 to meet this responsibility.

  • Teacher Development: Produce & support dynamic teachers AND measure their productivity.
  • Leadership: Prepare & support principals and superintendents AND measure effectiveness.
  • STEM: PK-6 teacher development emphasis, particularly in math AND measure results.
  • Alignment: Ensure seamless transition for students from independent school districts and community colleges to university. And track their successes.

Our perspective is expansive; reaching from the time a child enters public education until the time they leave college, to assure that the Texas A&M System has done everything in its control for Texas students to be successful in their academic pursuits and careers.