As part of the university’s successful Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application process, the Office of Research and Engagement has compiled a list of fifty of UT’s best community-campus partnerships. The university will be celebrating its status as an engaged institution throughout the year by featuring these individual examples in articles that highlight their unique contribution to the community.
Business Education for Talented Students
BETS is a one-week residential program designed to introduce high school students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds to business fields. Participants develop an executive presentation, visit a local company where they shadow the professionals, interact with business students from UT, and hear presentations from professionals on campus. BETS provides a pipeline of high-potential students from diverse backgrounds to UT and the Haslam College of Business Administration.
“Prospective partners want to know how much we care before they care how much we know,” said Tyvi Small, director of diversity and community relations in the Haslam College of Business. “We have to be able to demonstrate that we have the same mission, vision and goals that they do.”