Student Success Initiatives was created to develop programs to improve the educational experience for students and ultimately achieve the university’s goal of increasing the four-year graduation rate for undergraduates.
In 2011, The University of Texas at Austin embarked on an ambitious campaign to help undergraduate students succeed and graduate in four years. A group of faculty, staff, and students was tasked with developing and recommending strategies to increase the university’s four-year graduation rate from 51% to 70% by 2017.
By 2017, UT’s four-year graduation rate rose to 65.7%. Since 2017, the four-year graduation rate has continued its steady climb, reaching 69.8% in 2018 and 69.9% in 2019. Overall six-year graduation rates have improved as well, reaching a record-high 85.6% in 2019.
Together with colleagues across campus, Student Success Initiatives leverages its use of predictive analytics to identify incoming students who can benefit from scholarship funds, co-enrollment opportunities, academic support programs, peer mentoring programs, and more.