In the fall of 2010, the University of Texas-Austin, under the direction of Dr. Victor Saenz, officially launched a new research and mentoring effort called Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success). Housed within UT-Austin’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE), Project MALES employs a two-pronged approach—research & mentoring initiatives—to address the emerging gender gap in Latino educational attainment. More specifically, Project MALES encompasses two interrelated initiatives: a research project focused on the experiences of Latino males in secondary and postsecondary education; and, a mentoring project that aims to cultivate an engaged support network for undergraduate Latino males at UT-Austin and aspiring youth in the Central Texas community.
Texas Higher Education Consortium for Male Student Success (2013-2016), an initiative of Project MALES
The Greater Texas Foundation has awarded Project MALES a new three-year grant ($335,000) to support the Texas Higher Education Consortium for Male Student Success which will begin in June 2013 through August 2016. The purpose of this Consortium is to cultivate a network of higher education institutions (i.e. two-year and four-year institutions) and practitioners over the next three years that will collaborate, share expertise, advance research, leverage resources, and coordinate efforts towards enhancing the participation and success of Hispanic and African American males within Texas colleges and universities.
The University of Texas Collaborative Urban Leadership Project (UTCULP) is an extension of The University of Texas at Austin Principalship Program's effort to increase academic achievement by developing 120 effective leaders prepared for urban secondary schools.
The University of Texas at Austin has been awarded a three year grant from the US Department of Education. This grant will strengthen the university’s partnerships with area school districts by expanding a model for leadership development schools and increasing the model's use with high-needs districts. The CTLDA also supports effective leadership preparation through ongoing research and dissemination of findings.
The Houston A+ Challenge (HA+C) received funding from the Carnegie Corporation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, supplemented by the Annenberg Foundation and the Brown Foundation, to support a 5-year initiative to work with 24 large high schools in the Houston Independent School District engaged in a student-focused, whole-school change effort. The initiative, called the Study of High School Restructuring, redesigns high schools into small, theme-based academies to produce graduates ready for the demands of the 21st century.
The University of Texas Education Research Center (UTERC) is a jointly established research collaborative comprised of three University of Texas System campuses (Austin, San Antonio and Pan American) and Texas State University - San Marcos. The UTTCERP is funded by a $1 million grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to establish a research center that will report findings on critical education issues in Texas.