Universidad de las Américas Puebla
Student Achievement at UDLAP

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As an institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) is obligated to provide to its students, constituents, and the public information about its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals. Information on student success may include reliable information on retention, graduation, course completion, licensure examinations, and job placement rates and other measures of student success appropriate to institutional mission.

2014 was an excellent year for the university: 100% of the licenciaturas of the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Business and Economics achieved a full accreditation at a national level, with __ programs now achieving this distinction.  This means that over __% of our students are now enrolled in an accredited program.

In addition, UDLAP received the Onsite Review Committee visit during March of 2015 as part of its regular institutional reaffirmation process with SACSCOC. The final deliberation of this process is to be received in December of 2015.

Aiming to accredit internationally the Civil, Industrial, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering study programs, an initial document was submitted to the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), an organism that has accredited the excellence of programs in 28 countries; once the accreditation is granted, the quality standards to educate students in these areas is guaranteed. In addition, the School of Business and Economics is already immersed in the accreditation process of most of its academic offering with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Universidad de las Américas Puebla is an international institution. During 2014, more than 160 agreements were reached with foreign universities, allowing our students the opportunity to participate in exchanges all over the world and to have new experiences that enrich learning.  These students are examples of academic quality who display their knowledge and are distinguished at national contests. The institution is constantly looking forward to establish new agreements and awards with prestigious institutions all over the world in order to support the accomplishment of its Mission.

Our students demonstrate their excellence not only in the academic world: in the sports arena our students have repeatedly won championships or been runners up with the different representative teams.

To fulfill our mission – to educate professionals who are critical, creative and innovative – there are many venues, so our young people are supported in academics and personally, resulting in a very low rate of attrition and an increasing graduation rate.

Outreach efforts from the university create spaces so our students may conduct their professional practices or social service, as well as an effective Job Search Center. Proof of this is an increase of 46% in the number of agreements signed with different organizations, businesses and public institutions.

The characteristic success of Universidad de las Américas Puebla is a result of the effort, cooperation and determination of every community member, who, through actions framed by the values we uphold, this year surpassed the limits of what is possible to achieve.

As a proof of this continuous growth and support to the consecution of student success, we provide the following data.

The student-professor ratio, which was 19 students per professor and 22 students per section in Spring 2015, is one mark of the educational quality at UDLAP.  As can be seen in the next table, the rank of 11 to 20 students per section is where most of the students enrolled in Spring 2015 are:

With the intention to incorporate gifted students to research and/or artistic creation projects, an Honors Program, which is outstanding for the level of academic excellence and commitment to artistic creation and research, has been implemented to promote projects among licenciatura students who have the highest GPAs, under the sponsorship of researchers or artists distinguished by their careers and leadership.  When entering this program each student is assigned a professor to act as his/her mentor.

Honors Program students take part today in 173 projects; the number of students participating in this program has increased as shown in the following table:

Incorporating excelling students is a fundamental for the development of future UDLAP alumni; our institution has established actions to promote diversity by admitting students from different Mexican states, who are outstanding for their academic background and their interest in sports and culture. Following this strategy the university has improved its presence in Veracruz, Mexico State, Distrito Federal, Tabasco, Morelos and Tlaxcala to increase the number of new licenciatura students. Thus, Mexico State students increased 31.5% and Distrito Federal students 9.09%, when compared with 2013.  These results mean a better positioning of the university in the metropolitan region.

The increase of new students is shown in this table:

The university has established its position in the academic world through the pertinence of its study programs, its presence in culture and sports, as well as the services offered to students.  These are reasons for increments in student enrollment, reaching a total of over 7,600, of which 83% are enrolled in licenciatura and 17% in graduate programs

During 2014 and 2015 the university received students from 24 countries and 5 continents. In Spring 2015 their numbers increased 18% when compared with the same period of the previous year.  In a similar way, UDLAP students have participated in special exchange programs in 30 countries: in Spring 2015 there was 12% more than in the same period of the previous year.

The Department of Student Counseling has as an objective to accompany the student in developing his/her abilities and discovering and using his/her personal resources to optimize school performance and achieve personal and professional growth along his/her university years.  In 2014, this department was involved directly in the First Year Program (PPA) activities, offering a total of 24 workshops for PPA1 with topics such as time management and adapting to university life, reaching 408 new students.  For PPA2, 45 activities were offered, with topics related to nutrition and health, emotional wellbeing, self-care, sexuality, etc., reaching 2,621 students.

The orientation program for Fall 2014, registered 1,200 new students; also the program for Spring 2015 was attended by 163 new students for a year total of 1,488 participants in this program. In addition, 233 parents participated in the meetings programmed during this year to make them feel part of and adapt to university life

The Azteca Volunteering program started in Fall 2012 and is an activity through which UDLAP students commit their time and abilities in various actions to serve others or a community; this is an opportunity to sensitize students and to enrich abilities.  In 2014, 49 students volunteered to collaborate in over 10 remarkable Community Service projects.

Further information regarding Student Achievement at UDLAP is provided in the following tables and charts:

Academic Programs’ percentage of accreditation at UDLAP

Full-time Equivalent Students at UDLAP for the Fall Term of 2009-2014

Student Enrollment for the Fall Terms of 2011 – 2014

FTE Faculty at UDLAP 2012-2014

Student to Faculty Ratio 2012-2014

Student’s Headcount Spring and Fall 2011-2013

Calculation of Institutional Class Size Ratio for Fall terms 2012-2013

Student-to-Tutor ratios during Fall Terms: 2012-2014

Students’ Participation in Tutoring, co-curricular, Service learning and induction activities in 2012 and 2013.

Number of students enrolled in Service Learning and Internships annually.

Students attended during the Induction Programs (Fall Semesters)

Co-Curricular Activities at UDLAP

Educational and Psychological Orientation at UDLAP: Number of events

Student Retention Rates: 2010 – 2013

Graduation Rates

Graduates Statistics

Time before obtaining a first job (2009-2013)

Alumni occupation status (2009 - 2012)

Alumni perception on the UDLAP influence to get a job (2009 - 2012)

Monthly Average Rate of Salaries in the first job (in US Dollars)

Monthly Average Rate of Salaries after a year of graduation (in US Dollars)

The aforementioned information intends to provide a better perspective of UDLAP in terms of Student Achievement.

For further information on these matters, please contact Mr. Enrique Silva (enrique.silva@udlap.mx), Director of Institutional Effectiveness.

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