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The Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) provides 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. In December 2015, during the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission of Colleges (SACSCOC) in Houston, Texas, UDLAP was re-accredited without a single recommendation for the period of 2015-2025.
In 2016 Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited the following undergraduate programs: Civil Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronic Engineering. ABET is 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. With these accreditations, 33% of the academic programs in the School of Engineering have earned international certification.
2018 is an excellent year for the university: 96% of the licenciaturas of the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences, Engineering and Business and Economics achieved a full accreditation at a national level, with 47 programs now achieving this distinction. This means that over 94% of our students are now enrolled in an accredited program.
In addition, ABET´s Evaluation Commission visited UDLAP in January 2018 as part of the accreditation process for the undergraduate degree programs in Chemical Engineering and Food Engineering. The visit was successful, and official results are expected for fall 2018.
The School of Business and Economics received a response from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), informing that the auto-evaluation document, sent October 2017, was accepted. The School was encouraged to continue the accreditation process for the programs offered by the school.
Universidad de las Américas Puebla is an institution with a long tradition on internationalization. To the end of 2017, more than 200 international agreements of collaboration with foreign universities were active, allowing our students the opportunity to participate in different mobility schemes all over the world and thus having new experiences that enrich their learning. In addition, UDLAP strives to provide this international experience not only abroad but also within the classroom and with this in mind, has designed different alternatives to bring international experiences (such as a very successful Call for Visiting Faculty) to the campus. The institution is constantly exploring the possibility of establishing new agreements and awards with prestigious institutions all over the world that derive not only in traditional forms of student exchange but also in deeper collaborations in terms of research, cultural development, faculty and staff exchange, and so forth, that may contribute with the adequate accomplishment of its Mission.
UDLAP develops excellent students with an integral education approach. To do this, leadership skills and social responsibility are a few of the skills strengthened through extracurricular cultural, athletic and intercultural activities. 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.
Outreach efforts from the university create spaces so our students may conduct their professional practices. Therefore, in 2015, UDLAP established the Professional Practices office, to increase the percent of students participating in this program. Proof of this is an increase of 15% in the number of students who did professional practices between 2016 and 2017.
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 20 students per professor and 24 students per section in spring 2018, is one mark of the educational quality at UDLAP. As can be seen in the next table, the rank of 21 to 30 students per section is where most of the students enrolled in spring 2018 are:
The purpose of the Honors Program is to promote outstanding students in the development of their research talents. Participants in this program complete a research or artistic creation project, with the help and guidance of researchers and or creators from the institution distinguished by their careers and leadership. When entering this program each student is assigned to a professor to act as his/her mentor. The total number of participants has increased since its inception in 2013. As of 2017, 17% of the program participants have graduated.
The number of students participating in this program has increased as shown in the following graph:
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. Undergraduate student recruitment has improved in states such as Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Morelos, Hidalgo, Tabasco, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Baja California y Baja California Sur. As a result of these promotion and recruitment efforts, the number of enrolled students has risen, maintaining the same proportion of undergraduate and graduate students.
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 over 8,700, of which 87% are enrolled in licenciatura and 13% in graduate programs.
As a part of its integral education mission, the institution has several international agreements that enable students to participate in academic exchanges, internships and community service with university overseas.
In the last five years, there has been growing interest from our UDLAP students and students from our partner institutions to take advantage of ther international programs offered by this institution. The percentage of students participating in these overseas programs has increased. More than 50% of UDLAP who travel abroad do so via an academic exchange.
The University will continue to seek new alternatives so that more academic programs can offer double degree programs simultaneously, as well as a greater variety of international programs.
Further information regarding Student Achievement at UDLAP is provided in the following tables and charts:
Academic Programs’ percentage of accreditation by Mexican accreditation organizations at UDLAP
Full-time Equivalent Students at UDLAP for the Fall Term of 2014-2017
Note 1: According to SACSCOC criteria, full-time equivalent undergraduate students are those taking 24 or more credit hours, plus the number that results from the sum of all credit hours taken by those students who carry less than 24 undergraduate credit hours, divided by 24.
Note 2: According to SACSCOC criteria, full-time equivalent post-baccalaureate students are those carrying 18 or more credit hours, plus the number that results from sum of all credit hours taken by those students who carry less than 18 post-baccalaureate credit hours, divided by 18.
FTE Faculty at UDLAP 2014-2017
Student to Faculty Ratio 2014-2017
Calculation of Institutional Class Size Ratio for Fall terms 2014-2015
Calculation of Institutional Class Size Ratio for Fall terms 2016-2017
Student Enrollment for the Fall Terms of 2014 – 2017
Student’s Headcount Spring 2013-2018 and Fall 2013-2017
Student-to-Tutor ratios during Fall Terms: 2015-2017
Students’ Participation in Tutoring, co-curricular, Service learning and induction activities from 2014 to 2017
Student Retention Rates: 2013 – 2018
Time before obtaining a first job (2013-2016)
Alumni occupation status (2013 - 2016)
Monthly Average Rate of Salaries in the first job (in US Dollars), 2013-2016
Alumni Perception on the UDLAP influence to get a job (2013-2016)
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. Omar Valdiviezo (email@example.com), Director of Institutional Effectiveness