Becoming a B3 Institution: Bilingual, Bicultural & Biliterate

Becoming a B3 Institution: Bilingual, Bicultural & Biliterate
  1. Executive Summary

    Establishing UTRGV as a bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate university enhances opportunities for student success, builds upon the cultural and linguistic strategic advantages of the region, and cultivates leadership manifest in culturally and historically respectful ways.  By building curricula and programming that reflect these strategic advantages, UTRGV embraces the historical and cultural heritage of the region it serves. These initiatives are aligned with UT System’s Quantum Leaps of Student Success, The Texas Prospect Initiative, and Enhancing Fairness and Opportunity.

  2. Goal

    Build UTRGV as a bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate university.

  3. Key Initiatives

    • Support the development of coursework and programs that incorporate bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate (henceforth, “B3”) initiatives.

    • Incentivize research, scholarship, creative works, and performance that address B3 initiatives.

    • Engage faculty in community-based initiatives, including pre-K to 12, to build B3 programs and elevate the value and presence of biculturalism, the Spanish language, and bilingualism by nurturing a robust public discourse.

  4. Sample Metrics
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    • Percent of courses offered primarily in Spanish or in both Spanish and English.

    • B3 programmatic and research/creative-endeavor initiatives at UTRGV.

    • B3 programmatic initiatives in pre-K to 12 across the region and the state.