SSI Hosts Inaugural Student Success Symposium
Student Success Initiatives
January 29, 2019 - Colleagues from across campus — including deans, associate deans, academic advisors, and student success program staff in UT’s colleges and schools — convened to celebrate recent graduation rate increases and learn about goals for the coming year.
More Than 20% of UT Undergrads are First-Generation College Students
November 14, 2018 - UT joined colleges and universities across the country to #celebratefirstgen by hosting its inaugural on-campus event.
‘I’m here. I did it.’: UT celebrates First-Generation College Celebration Day
The Daily Texan
November 8, 2018 - The celebration was hosted by the First-Generation Commitment Working Group, an organization dedicated to increasing campus-wide support for first-generation students, in order to provide these students the opportunities to network with each other as well as faculty and staff.
Are you a first-gen student? It depends who you ask.
The Daily Texan
October 24, 2018 - Cassandre Alvarado, director of UT’s Student Success Initiatives office, co-chairs UT’s new working group on first-generation students. She said the University is moving to be more inclusive and allow self-identifying first-generation students to access resources on campus.
UT Success Program Wins National Advising Award
Student Success Initiatives
October 1, 2018 - The Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Success (MAAPS) team was honored with the Advising Technology Innovation Award at the 2018 NACADA Annual Conference.
UT-Austin’s four-year graduation rate reaches all-time high, despite failing 2012 goal
The Daily Texan
September 28, 2018 - The four year-graduation rate has continued to increase because of new student success programs, including a greater emphasis on graduating in four years, data analysis of course progression among students and the creation of multiple groups on campus for first-years.
University of Texas at Austin announces highest four-year graduation rate on record
September 27, 2018 - According to the university, the Class of 2018 set a record for its four-year graduation rate at 69.8 percent, which is up from 65.7 percent in 2017. That rate was the highest four-year graduation rate of any public university in Texas during the past academic year.
As graduation rates improve, UT sees largest incoming class yet
September 27, 2018 - In particular, the university believes the new Student Success Initiatives have worked in helping students map out their time in college and their plans for after graduation.
UT Austin Achieves Highest Four-Year Graduation Rate in its History
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
September 27, 2018 - The institution credits its improved graduation rates to new student success programs and new ways to analyze student data.
UT Austin Records Its Highest Four-Year Graduation Rate
September 27, 2018 - The university has made especially noteworthy improvements in the four-year graduation rates of first-generation college students and students eligible for Pell grants.
'A new era' for first-gen students
The Daily Texan
September 18, 2018 - UT, Texas universities step up support efforts
Immigration: Narrowing the Education Gap
September 5, 2018 - Anthony is just two years away from graduating with a degree in computational engineering, and one day he dreams of working at NASA.
Getting to college is a milestone — and leaving without a degree is a millstone
Dallas Morning News Editorial
July 15, 2018 - Texas schools tell us the odds of graduating improve if students, especially minority and first-generation college students, can remain enrolled through their sophomore year.
Meet Maria Alvarez, Class of 2018
May 17, 2018 - As the first in her family to go to college, Maria Alvarez said she didn’t know what to expect when she arrived at The University of Texas at Austin. She credits programs such as the University Leadership Network with helping her gain confidence and succeed.
Meet Lawrence Garvin, II, Class of 2018
May 15, 2018 - “I’m halfway through my goal of becoming a doctor right now, and UT was the best place for me to come,” [Garvin] said.
Symposium Panel: Student-Ready, College-Ready
University of Texas System
April 27, 2018 - Dr. Cassandre Alvarado, Executive Director of Student Success, participated in a panel of UT System professionals discussing data-driven initiatives focused on three key areas — financial, advising, and belonging/engagement — to help all students succeed in college and beyond.
When Your College Has Your Back
The New York Times
March 2, 2018 - Using what’s called predictive analytics, U.T. analyzes mountains of data from former students’ records to identify those current students, many from low-income families, whose odds against graduating are greatest. It then lavishes them with support.
Interns share their experiences working for UT Austin’s police department
The Daily Texan
February 16, 2018 - Melissa Moore, UTPD’s student development and engagement coordinator, said the internships are meant to provide students with skills they can use outside of the 40 Acres.
Meet Jesus Castellano, Class of 2018
February 6, 2018 - An economics major in the College of Liberal Arts, Castellano is the first person in his immediate family to attend and even apply to college. As a student in the University Leadership Network and a dormitory resident assistant, Castellano has made the most of his four years on the Forty Acres.
Meet Shania Williams, Class of 2019
February 6, 2018 - From wrestling competitively to riding motorcycles, Williams is drawn to action. So, it comes as no surprise that she’s preparing for a career in emergency medicine.
Meet Sam Olayiwola, Class of 2018
January 30, 2018 - The dance studies senior from Mansfield, Texas didn’t always have his sights set on the big stage. A first-generation college student, Olayiwola originally came to UT Austin to study computer science, but it wasn’t until he aced his first computer science classes that he realized it wasn’t his dream.
Meet Luciana Gutierrez-Moreno, Class of 2020
January 30, 2018 - Since arriving on campus from El Paso, she has found her true passion and plans to take what she learns in the McCombs School of Business to help improve the lives of children around the world.
Improving Success for Students with Multiple Risk Factors
The First Year of College: Research, Theory, and Practice on Improving the Student Experience and Increasing Retention
December 2017 - This book chapter highlights Student Success Initiatives' strategies for improving undergraduate persistence and four-year graduation rates.
Near to the Heart
November 6, 2017 - This nationally renowned program identifies students who are statistically likely to struggle at Texas’ flagship university and “flips the script,” turning them into campus leaders.
November 5, 2017 - In recent years, The University of Texas at Austin has worked hard to provide support for students least likely to graduate in four years and is now seeing significant improvement.
Collaborative Program Between UT Austin and Austin Community College Receives National Advising Award
Student Success Initiatives
October 12, 2017 - The Path to Admission through Co-Enrollment (PACE) program was recognized for its exemplary academic advising services for students.
Project Degree Completion Award Finalist Spotlight: The University of Texas at Austin
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
September 29, 2017 - As part of its ongoing efforts to increase degree completion, APLU named Boise State University, Colorado State University, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, The University of Texas at Austin, and Western Michigan University as finalists for its 2017 Project Degree Completion Award. The annual prize works to identify, recognize, and reward institutions that employ innovative approaches to improve retention and degree completion.
UT's graduation initiative deserves to be celebrated
The Daily Texan
September 27, 2017 - Arguably the cornerstone of the University’s 70 percent initiative has been the Student Success Initiatives launched in 2013. Through programs created through the Student Success Initiatives, such as the University Leadership Network and 360 Connections, administrators have meaningfully improved retention of “at-risk” freshmen through both monetary aid and community support.
UT's graduation rate increases five percent
The Daily Texan
September 21, 2017 - Sixty-six percent of the class of 2017 graduated within four years, UT announced, achieving the University’s largest ever jump between years in its four-year graduation rate — an increase of about five percent from the previous year.
Four-Year Graduation Rate Rises from 51 to 66 Percent in Five Years
September 20, 2017 - Graduation rates continue to climb at The University of Texas at Austin, with the four-year rate reaching 65.7 percent in 2017, up almost 5 percentage points from last year and setting a university record.
‘A more efficient university’: UT-Austin raises on-time graduation rate.
The Washington Post
September 20, 2017 - Nearly two-thirds of students who entered the University of Texas at Austin as freshmen in 2013 graduated on time, reflecting significant improvement for the state’s flagship campus amid a national push to get more students through college in four years.
UT's four-year graduation rate reaches a record
September 20, 2017 - UT-Austin says some of the gains followed targeted programming for students at-risk of graduating late. Its University Leadership Network, for example, has garnered national attention for its programming for 500 students with financial need annually.
UT's 4-year graduation rate reaches a modern high
September 20, 2017 - Graduation rates have gone up dramatically for minority, low-income and first-generation students.
UT fell short of its lofty graduation goal but lifted up its minority students in the process
The Texas Tribune
September 20, 2017 - In 2012, the four-year graduation rate was 20 percentage points lower for UT-Austin's poorest students than it was for its richest. Now, that gap is 11 points. And the overall graduation rate for students whose parents earn less than $40,000 per year has grown from 38 percent to 58 percent.
Innovating For Student Success: The University Leadership Network (ULN) and Tiered Undergraduate Peer Mentor Model (PDF)
Metropolitan Universities, Vol. 28.3
August 28, 2017 - This paper highlights the innovative approach the Student Success Initiatives unit at the University of Texas at Austin is taking to increase undergraduate persistence and four-year graduation rates.
UT Austin Recognized for Leadership in Degree Completion
August 24, 2017 - APLU names university one of five finalists for award honoring efforts to improve retention and graduation rates.
UT System Awards $1.8M to Expand Innovative UT Austin Success Program
July 10, 2017 - Graduation Help Desk will be funded and implemented across all eight academic institutions.
The Telltale Data That Can Identify College Students at Risk
The New York Times
June 7, 2017 - The University of Texas in Austin has created a University Leadership Network that connects students who, based on their data points, are less likely to graduate on time. They study together, work on internships and get other means of support.
University Leadership Network Graduates Inaugural Class
Student Success Initiatives
June 2, 2017 - The first University Leadership Network cohort is graduating — and beating the odds in the process.
Bloomberg-Backed Group to Help Poorer Students Graduate From College
March 14, 2017 - A national effort is seeking to help high-achieving, lower-income students enroll and succeed at selective colleges. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the American Talent Initiative is a coalition of 30 Ivy League, state flagship, private universities and liberal arts colleges.
UT Austin Leading National Efforts to Support Lower-Income Students
February 15, 2017 - In a new report from the American Talent Initiative (ATI), UT Austin is one of five colleges and universities highlighted for its success expanding opportunity and boosting graduation rates for low- and moderate-income students.
Data Driving UT Austin's Increase in Graduation Rates
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost
February 10, 2017 - As one of the largest public flagship universities in the country, UT Austin has earned recognition as a national leader, not only in increasing graduation rates, but doing it on a large scale.
UT Austin Launches the TEXAS MicroMajor for High School Students
October 26, 2016 - UT Austin is launching the TEXAS MicroMajor™, a new initiative to help high school students become better prepared for success at leading universities.
Sid W. Richardson Foundation Supports Student Success with Grant for University Leadership Network
October 18, 2016 - The University of Texas at Austin’s University Leadership Network (ULN) was awarded a $265,000 grant from the Sid W. Richardson Foundation to support 50 students in the 2016-17 academic year.
Graduation Rates, Applications and Incoming Class Set Records at UT Austin
September 19, 2016 - The University of Texas at Austin graduated a higher percentage of students on time in 2016 than ever before, with 60.9 percent earning their degrees in four years or less.
UT Austin Introduces New MyUT Student Portal
September 2, 2016 - The new MyUT student portal replaces UTDirect and gives students quick and easy access to campus resources and updated academic tools.
David Laude Named One of 16 Most Innovative People in Higher Education
August 29, 2016 - Washington Monthly’s 2016 College Guide names David Laude one of the higher education leaders making college more accessible, affordable and effective, citing the success of Student Success Initiatives in increasing the university’s persistence and graduation rates.
New UT Austin Undergraduate Degrees Focus on Sustainability, Organizational Dynamics
August 17, 2016 - The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has created two new undergraduate degrees that focus on the environment and on the human and social aspects of organizations. Students will be eligible to enroll in both degrees starting in the fall 2016 semester.
Student Success in Liberal Arts
August 15, 2016 - Our college helps students embody the spirit of the liberal arts through academic rigor and achievement, activities and leadership experiences outside the classroom and professional development opportunities. Our team provides personalized guidance and support for students throughout their university experience.
UT Austin Launches Communication and Leadership Undergraduate Degree
August 4, 2016 - The University of Texas at Austin Moody College of Communication has created a new bachelor’s degree in communication and leadership, which seeks to prepare students for careers in public service, philanthropy, nonprofit and nongovernmental organization administration.
Colleges prioritize affordability for first-year students
June 23, 2016 - Institutions are developing programs to reduce costs for first-year freshmen and transfer students.
Student Success Initiatives 2015-2016 Year in Review
June 13, 2016 - Looking back at major accomplishments in student success from the past year that are driving the rising four-year graduation rate at UT Austin.
Hands-On Science Courses Boost Graduation Rates and STEM Retention
June 1, 2016 - In a positive sign for efforts to boost U.S. competitiveness in science and technology, a new study finds that courses that engage college students in conducting scientific research early on can dramatically increase students’ odds of completing a science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) degree.
Presidential Scholars Honored By President Fenves at Spring Reception
April 28, 2016 - President Fenves announced the winners of the Presidential Scholars Essay Competition, and visited with students at the spring reception on April 28, 2016 at the San Jacinto Multipurpose Room.
The Price of Admission – The Texas Tribune
March 29, 2016 - As UT Officials fight the Top 10 Percent Rule, UT also fights to make it a success. Features an interview with David Laude.
Texas Advance to Award $20 Million in Scholarships
November 3, 2015 - Nearly 1,000 Texas high school students will receive scholarships worth $20,000 over four years through Texas Advance, a year-old University of Texas at Austin initiative aimed at supporting economically disadvantaged students across the state who are at the top of their class.
Predictive Analytics Support On-Time Graduation at UT Austin
September 30, 2015 - Using predictive analytics and an on-track graduation tool, leaders at the University of Texas at Austin are working toward the audacious goal of increasing the on-time graduation rate to 70 percent by 2017.
Five Great UT Scholarships
September 24, 2015 - Getting a college degree is a huge life step, and for many students it is also their first big financial investment. Read about five notable scholarships and students that are making the most of them.
Graduation, Student Retention, Diversity Rates Climb at UT Austin
September 24, 2015 - The four-year graduation rate at The University of Texas at Austin is now 57.7 percent — the highest on record and an increase of 2.6 percentage points from the previous year. More than 500 additional undergraduate students graduated on time this year when compared with five years ago.
Fenves, Strong welcome Class of 2019 at Horns Up Night
August 27, 2015 - Members of the Class of 2019 gathered in the Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium on Wednesday for Horns Up Night, a welcome ceremony to celebrate the first day of their college careers.
College Admissions 101
August 24, 2015 - It’s never too early to start thinking about college, but the admissions process could start sooner than you think. Catherine Rodarte from the University of Texas at Austin Office of Admissions is here with important information to help keep you and your student on the right track.
Leading Longhorns: The University Leadership Network
August 20, 2015 - Every year, many students arrive at UT uncertain that they’ve made the right choice. They may be the first in their families to go to college, or come from under-resourced backgrounds. They probably attended underperforming high schools. The transition to college can be daunting for them, even overwhelming.
Why poor students drop out even when financial aid covers the cost
August 17, 2015 - PBS Newhour spoke with ULN students about their experience at UT Austin, and interviewed David Laude about why he created one of the most innovative nationally recognized programs aimed at improving the four-year graduation rate.
Search for Success
August 10, 2015 - Last year 11 institutions partnered to share strategies for getting students to graduation, particularly low-income students. And one of the most promising schemes launched by a member of the University Innovation Alliance is a scholarship program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Program Aims to Give College Credit Where it's Due - Reverse Transfer
July 28, 2015 - Across Texas, tens of thousands of students have earned enough college credit for an associate degree without knowing it. A new project led by the University of Texas at Austin hopes to track them down..
Houston Endowment’s $8.2 Million Grant Champions Student Success at UT Austin
June 10, 2015 - In an effort to provide greater access to higher education, Houston Endowment awarded The University of Texas at Austin’s University Leadership Network (ULN) $8.2 million to help economically disadvantaged Houston-area students achieve academic success and graduate in four years.
David Laude Talks Student Success Strategy
April 9, 2015 - The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will host a lecture series by David Laude about student success strategies with faculty and staff on April 24.
Following State of the Union, Price of Higher Ed in Austin
January 23, 2015 - David Laude speaks with KLRU about efforts being made to improve graduation rates at UT Austin by helping low-income students, an issue highlighted during President Obama’s annual address.
Write on Track - DDCE Central
January 16, 2015 - New Journalism Writing Program Helps Struggling Students Turn Grades Around and Get Published.
Large percentage of UT Class of 2017 on track to graduate in four years - Daily Texan
December 4, 2014 - Based on new data, 86 percent of current University sophomores are on track to graduate within four years, according to David Laude, senior vice provost for enrollment and graduation management.
Where UT students come from in Texas - Daily Texan
December 3, 2014 - David Laude discusses where UT Austin students come from across the state, and why different areas produce higher numbers of enrollees.
In second year, UT’s PACE program has higher enrollment rate than CAP - Daily Texan
November 3, 2014 - David Laude talks about the success of PACE and the quality of the students in the program, and the changing dynamics of the CAP program at other UT System schools.
University to Award $15 Million in Scholarships With New Program - Daily Texan
October 9, 2014 - Gregory Vincent, Vice President of the Division for Diversity and Community Engagement, and Carolyn Connerat, Assoicate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management talk about Texas Advance, a new program aimed to help recruit high-performing, economically disadvantaged Texans from across the state.
Graduation Czar David Laude on UT’s Latest Grad Rate Numbers - Alcalde
September 24, 2014 - In his role as “graduation czar,” senior vice provost David Laude is leading the effort to raise graduation rates, a project for which UT has received national attention. He spoke with the Alcalde about the latest data.
UT Austin Makes Progress Toward Higher Graduation Rate Goals
September 23, 2014 - Last year’s freshman class at The University of Texas at Austin returned to campus at higher rates, earned better grades and took — and passed — more credit hours than any other class on record.
Vice Provost Holds Chemistry Demonstration - Daily Texan
September 15, 2014 - Presenting to a large group of students of all ages, David Laude gave a chemistry demonstration aimed to demystify chemistry concepts, and helps kids shed their trepidation of taking difficult science classes.
For Poor Students, Getting to College is Just The Start - KERA Radio
September 22, 2014 - KERA talked to local students talk about the challenges they faced when going to college, and David Laude touched on the responsibility of the University to support these students once they arrive.
Who Finishes College? The New York Times - Schools for Tomorrow Conference
September 9, 2014 - At recent conference focusing on the innovations and challenges facing higher education, David Laude took part in a panel discussing challenges faced by underprivileged students, and identifying ways to help them succeed.
UT Website to Undergo Redesign - Daily Texan
August 25, 2014 - UT staff discuss the redesign of the UT Austin website, as well as the new student portal. .
Admissions 101 - Great Day Houston - KHOU
August 5, 2014 - Alex Mitchell, Assistant Director of Admissions, discusses common admissions questions and myths for students and parents interested in applying to UT Austin this fall.
The Graduation Gap - Midday with Dan Rodricks - MYPR
July 30, 2014 - David Laude sat down to talk about the college graduation gap Dan Rodricks and Freeman Hrabowski, and the success of programs at UT Austin.
PACE Changes to Adapt to Students’ Speed - Daily Texan
July 13, 2014 - Cassandre Alvarado talks about the success of the PACE program, and recent changes that have been made to better reflect the needs of students at UT Austin.
Active Engagement With Professor’s Key to Job Satisfaction Later On - MPR News
June 23, 2014 - David Laude talks about the relationships students build with their professors, and how it can impact the likelihood of finding engaging work after graduation.
Kill the grading curve?
June 18, 2014 – The success of the strategies being developed at UT-Austin to help at-risk students raises another question about the curve: If more disadvantaged students are now passing, will instructors need to find other students to fail?....
Behind the Cover Story: Paul Tough on Keeping College Kids in College | The New York Times | By Jeannie Choi
May 19, 2014 – Paul Tough wrote this week’s cover story about an experiment at the University of Texas to close the graduation gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students....
Who Gets to Graduate? | The New York Times | By Paul Tough
May 15, 2014 – Read an in-depth article by The New York Times' Paul Tough featuring the University of Texas’ work to increase graduation rates for Longhorns like Vanessa Brewer...
Under Cover: Strength in Numbers | The New York Times | By Rachel Nolan
May 15, 2014 – This week’s New York Times Magazine cover story is about an innovative student-retention program at the University of Texas at Austin. For the accompanying cover image, the magazine recruited Bill McCullough, an Austin-based photographer, to shoot 24 students from the program....
Registration order to be based on degree progress instead of credit hours starting April
February 23, 2014 – When students register for fall classes starting in April, registration-access time will be determined by how close students are to completing their degree — not their classification...
Fall Enrollment Report Indicates Improvements in Recruitment and Retention
September 17, 2013 – Strategic admissions recruiting and retention efforts are paying off for The University of Texas at Austin, according to preliminary enrollment
numbers for fall 2013...
Thoughts About online Courses in a 21st Century Education on the 40 Acres (PDF)
September 16, 2013 – There is certainly no topic in higher education that is getting more ink than how technology fits into the equation, I’d like to offer my take with respect to online courses in a 21st century education on the 40 Acres...
UT strives to improve four-year graduation rates
August 5, 2013 – As freshmen take the first steps into their college careers this month, a team stretching across every inch of campus is aggressively working to make sure students graduate from UT in four years...
UT Austin to Expand Blended Learning Offerings to Improve Student Success and First-Year Experience
May 28, 2013 – The University of Texas at Austin will add five courses to its Course Transformation Program. The additions — in history, calculus, statistics, government and classics — will bring to 14 the number of large, lower-division gateway courses that have been redesigned...
Freshman Class of 2016 Demonstrates Improved Performance in Fall Semester
April 8, 2013 – Undergraduate students in this year's freshman class at The University of Texas at Austin are showing performance gains compared with freshman cohorts in past years, including a 98.5 percent retention rate from fall to spring semester...
UT Austin and ACC Launch a Co-Enrollment Program for Incoming Freshmen
March 1, 2013 – The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College have announced they will offer a co-enrollment program to freshmen that will enable qualifying students the chance to earn an associate degree from ACC and guaranteed admission to UT Austin to earn a bachelor's degree...
Nine Massive Open Online Courses to be Offered by The University of Texas at Austin
Feb. 11, 2013 – Students around the globe will have the opportunity to participate in nine dynamic massive open online courses (MOOCs) to be offered by The University of Texas at Austin during the 2013-14 academic year...
New Financial Aid Programs to Encourage Four-year Graduation
Feb. 6, 2013 – The University of Texas at Austin is introducing new financial aid programs that encourage four-year graduation rates among student populations who have historically been less likely to graduate in four years...
Alternative Diploma Option Offers Chance for High-Achieving Texas Students to Graduate Early
Dec. 20, 2012 – High-achieving Texas high school students will have the opportunity to graduate up to a year ahead of schedule under a first of its kind program being piloted by The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University...
University Launches New Tools to Help Answer ‘What’s Your Major?’ for Prospective Students
Nov. 19, 2012 – As part of the university’s initiative to improve four-year graduation rates, The University of Texas at Austin has launched a set of interactive tools to help prospective students evaluate their readiness for college-level instruction and select a major...
Pilot Program Aims to Increase Four-Year Graduation Rates and Reduce Student Loan Debt
Oct. 4, 2012 – The University of Texas at Austin is testing a program to measure whether students can be encouraged to complete their degrees quickly by offering them forgiveness of the most expensive loans they must borrow to attend the university...
New Study Confirms Benefits of a Research University to Student Success
May 30, 2012 – About 89 percent of all undergraduate students and 94 percent of seniors participate in some type of research while at The University of Texas at Austin, according to a new study released this month from the Office of Assessment for the university’s Division of Student Affairs...
Graduation Rate Champion Appointed at The University of Texas at Austin
May 8, 2012 – As part of a strategic plan to increase its four-year graduation rate, The University of Texas at Austin has appointed a graduation rate champion to oversee its efforts to streamline the undergraduate experience and remove institutional roadblocks to timely graduation...
The University of Texas at Austin Releases Blueprint to Raising Graduation Rates Within Five Years
Feb. 15, 2012 – The key to raising four-year graduation rates at The University of Texas at Austin is enhancing freshman orientation and the first-year experience to better emphasize academics and improving advising and student tracking, according to a newly released task force report...