UTEP Seeks Success Beyond Graduation Rate

In the farthest corner of West Texas, nestled between the Franklin Mountains and the U.S.-Mexico border and hundreds of miles from any other public university in the state, the University of Texas at El Paso and its fortress-like buildings occupy one of the state’s most exotic campus settings.

The perspective of its president, Diana Natalicio, is similarly distinct. She eschews commonly accepted higher-education measures like graduation rates — which show that just one out of 10 entering UTEP freshmen graduate within four years — and seeks to redefine what determines a university’s success. She said UTEP, which has more ...

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