The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board selected Dr. Fernando Figueroa, Provost and Vice President of Instruction and Student Services, to serve on the Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee (UEAC) through August 31, 2014. The UEAC serves as a forum for problem solving and the generation of good ideas to improve undergraduate education that reflect the goals of Texas’ higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015.
A Coordinating Board-approved report previously developed by the committee, Designing Texas Undergraduate Education in the 21st Century, includes 19 recommendations created to enhance the effectiveness of undergraduate education with key focus areas for the next fiscal year. Among recommended initiatives are to 1) establish a system of program review for existing undergraduate programs that share common criteria for baccalaureate and associate degrees and 2) review and revise the current Texas Core Curriculum to ensure that current and future demands on student knowledge and skills ultimately result with their success.
The committee includes 22 voting members–10 from community colleges, 10 from public universities, and two from independent universities–along with one non-voting undergraduate student representative.
Dr. Figueroa oversees Del Mar College’s academic divisions and offices and departments that provide student services. Under his leadership, Del Mar College received reaffirmation of accreditation in 2011 with the Commission on Southern Association of Colleges and Schools having no recommendations for any follow-up actions and granting the College reaccreditation through 2021.