Formerly known as Student Success Initiatives, Undergraduate Equity and Excellence 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 74.5% in 2023. Overall six-year graduation rates have improved as well, reaching 87.6% in 2023.
Together with colleagues across campus, Undergraduate Equity and Excellence 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.