As a state supported institution, the Texas A&M University System is committed to being open and transparent with the public — especially the Texans — it exists to serve. Though each of the 11 academic institutions that compose it has a unique character, membership in the A&M System has long been synonymous with academic and personal excellence. In order to uphold this tradition, it is imperative that we hold our institutions accountable for continued improvement on student outcomes, and do so in a manner consistent with our dedication to transparency.
That is why we developed EmpowerU. This initiative provides a public space to evaluate the A&M System institution’s trajectory toward our unified goal of creating a culture of student completion that pervades not just our own universities, but the state’s K-12 institutions as well.
Through EmpowerU, the A&M System provides data that reflects affordability, access and academic success for students at each of our institutions. The System’s institutional leaders, working with their faculty and staffs, selected the metrics we use to track their progress. These measures aim to provide a fair systematic approach that preserves the distinct character of each university while holding them to a common standard of quality.
We update the data on this site as soon as it is processed internally. Our hope is that by providing as close to “real time” information as possible, institutions are able to make timely adjustments as needed. We invite our current and future students, our faculty and administrators, and other members of the public to join us in evaluating our progress as we remain focused on providing a high quality, high value education that students complete in a timely matter.
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.
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.
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.