Historical overview of equity in higher education: A case study of the South Texas Border Initiative

Denise Razo, University of Texas at El Paso


There is an absence of research involving the successes reaped by the implementation of the South Texas Border Initiative (STBI). Although there is tangible evidence of an increase in the number of master degrees, doctor degrees, and professional degrees in the South Texas Border Region, none indicates that the STBI’s efforts have reaped prosperous results that successfully closed the educational gap found among Hispanics and Whites in Texas. In this research, the gathering of historical events served to accomplish a depiction of a vivid and precise picture of the events that led to the STBI. To prevent historical events from snowballing into an unending cycle of inequitable actions, this research serves as a tool to evaluate the impact of the STBI. There was a comparison between the four public Tier 1 institutions with the nine border universities for program growth, degree attainment, and accessibility destination. The comparison discriminated between growth and parity. Significant positive gains precipitated from the STBI for Hispanics, but neglected to bring parity. The interpretation of the results reflected that if the government were truly to fulfill its mission of parity, it would require leadership capable of initiating and maintaining a continuous improvement plan along with continuous financial support.

Subject Area

Educational evaluation|Education history

Recommended Citation

Razo, Denise, "Historical overview of equity in higher education: A case study of the South Texas Border Initiative" (2013). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI3565931.