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UT Tyler Charter Schools Earn College Success Award 

Campuses recognized nationally for preparing students to succeed 

TYLER (September 27, 2022) – The University of Texas at Tyler announced that all three  University Academy charter schools received the 2022 College Success Award for excelling at  preparing students for college. 

UT Tyler University Academy campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine were among 164 public  schools in Texas and 1,742 in the nation recognized by, which highlights schools  for excellence in preparing students to enroll in college, succeed in college-level coursework and  persist into their second year. 

“We are pleased that all of our campuses were selected for this prestigious award,’’ said Dr. Jo Ann  Simmons, University Academy superintendent. “This achievement celebrates the work of our  teachers, administrators, staff and students, and confirms that our student-centered model of  instruction supports our goal of preparing students for successful transitions into a university  system.’’ 

Award winners were determined by a methodology that evaluated school-level data on college  preparation, college enrollment and college performance. University Academy’s Tyler and Palestine  campuses each scored 7 out of 10 and the Longview campus scored 8 in the data analysis. 

Operated by the UT Tyler College of Education and Psychology, the University Academy is an open enrollment laboratory charter school serving 738 students in grades K-12 across its campuses. The  school district incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education  into daily classroom curriculum and uses a hands-on learning approach to better equip students  with the 21st century skills required to succeed. For more information, visit 

With a mission to improve educational and healthcare outcomes for East Texas and beyond, UT  Tyler offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs to 10,000 students. UT Tyler  recently merged with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler (now known as UT  Tyler Health Science Center). Through its alignment with UT Tyler Health Science Center (HSC) and  UT Health East Texas, UT Tyler has unified these entities to serve Texas with quality education,  cutting-edge research and excellent patient care. Classified by Carnegie as a doctoral research  institution and by U.S. News & World Report as a national university, UT Tyler has campuses in  Tyler, Longview, Palestine and Houston. 

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