New Task Forces to Benefit UTEP’s Local, Global Outreach

The University of Texas at El Paso has created two Provost’s task forces that will recommend the best ways UTEP can work with the Paso del Norte region and partners around the world.

University Provost Junius Gonzales said he needed to focus on the institution’s paths, structure and internal planning as UTEP moves closer to becoming the first national research institution with a 21st century student demographic. He established task forces on community engagement and global reach to help plan a comprehensive and integrative approach to UTEP’s local and international collaborations.

The Provost’s Task Force on Community Engagement comprises 17 members who include faculty, staff, students and representatives from community organizations. This group’s goal is to assess the best methods the community can use to improve student learning outcomes, understand social needs, enhance institutional identity, and create new opportunities for resources and funding.

Gonzales and members of his office selected another 15 University staff and faculty to serve on the Provost’s Task Force on UTEP’s Global Reach after issuing a call for nominations and applications. It will develop short-term and long-term plans for the expansion and development of international education and research activities that promote the enrichment of the international academic experiences for UTEP staff, students and faculty.   

“I am excited about the role of these task forces in providing a substantive review of UTEP’s excellent initiatives in community engagement and global reach, as well as a vision for leveraging that work (such as the Carnegie Foundation designation as a community engaged university) into deliberate and high-impact opportunities,” Gonzales said. “I know the task forces’ recommendations will strengthen UTEP’s ways of being a ‘collaborative university.’”

The Task Force on UTEP’s Global Reach, led by associate provost Bill Robertson, Ph.D., and the Task Force for Community Engagement, led by associate provost John S. Wiebe, Ph.D., will present recommendations to Gonzales by November 2012.  

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