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The Office of Special Programs administers pre-college programs in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) such as Texas Pre-Freshmen Engineering Program (TexPREP) and the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program in order to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in post-secondary education, especially in the STEM fields, through academic preparation.

The Office of Special Programs also serves to facilitate early intervention and outreach programs at middle and high schools through Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Creating a Vision, that seeks to increase the number of low income and minority students graduating and entering post-secondary studies through direct services, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, summer coursework, and parental involvement activities.

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