What is PACE?
PACE is the acronym for Personalized Academic and Career Exploration, the theme of the Quality Enhancement Plan at Texas State.
When will PACE be implemented?
The plan for Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) is being presented to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as a part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process. Assuming approval by SACS in December of 2010, formative plans will start in January of 2011. During the first year, plans will be refined and preparation for implementation will occur. It is anticipated that by Summer of 2012, the PACE plan will be in full operation.
Who will benefit from PACE?
Freshmen are the direct target of the PACE plan. Freshmen will receive academic and career planning assistance through a freshmen advising, career counseling, and mentoring; University Seminar curriculum; and enhanced technology including an electronic portfolio system.
Indirectly, all students will benefit from PACE. With the additional resources directed at PACE, resources across campus will be freed up for upper classmen. For example, Freshmen will no longer be advised in the the College Advising Centers. Therefore, more advisor time will be freed up for working with upperclassmen. The same is true for the existing mentoring program and career counseling services. In addition, several jobs for undergraduate and graduate students have been created to implement the plan.
What is included in PACE?
PACE is comprised of four basic initiatives:
- PACE Center -- The PACE Center is a one-stop, advising, counseling, and mentoring center for Freshmen at Texas State. Freshmen will attend advising appointments with advisors who can assist undeclared students in selecting a academic path as well as specialized advisors who can assist students with declared majors navigate in their choosen field of study. The PACE Center also houses Career Counselors and a Mentoring Coordinator, who will assist freshmen in investigating options.
- University Seminar -- US 1100, University Seminar, is required of all freshmen. Through expanded curriculum in academic and career planning, students will have the opportunity to explore their personal interests, abilities and values in conjunction with various academic majors and related career options.
- College Faculty Liaisons -- Faculty representatives from each college will assist students in exploring academic and career pathways through a variety of activities such as major fairs, organization expositions, professional entworking, and career panels.
- Enhanced Technology -- Through personalized portfolio technology, students will track their learning experiences in preparation for entry in advanced education and the workforce.
Where will the PACE Center be located?
The PACE Center will be located on the first floor of the new Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC). The UAC is located adjacent to Evans Hall and spans over Guadalupe Street. It is expected that the UAC will be completed in late fall of 2012 allowing PACE academic advising, career counseling, and mentoring programs to commense activities in the new location beginning in spring of 2013.