December 7, 2018
From celebrating the Class of 2018’s record-breaking four-year graduation rate to co-hosting The University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s inaugural First-Generation College Celebration Day event, the Student Success Initiatives (SSI) team had a busy fall semester.
UT Austin Records Its Highest Four-Year Graduation Rate: In September, the university announced that the four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2018 was 69.8 percent, “which was the highest four-year graduation rate of any public university in Texas during the past academic year.” Notably, the four-year graduation rates of first-generation college students increased to a total of 61.5 percent — up 50.4 percent from 2012, when the four-year graduation rate of first-generation college students was 40.9 percent. UT’s four-year graduation rate increase was covered by various local and national outlets, including Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, KXAN, KVUE, and The Daily Texan.
UT Success Program Wins National Advising Award: SSI’s Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Success (MAAPS) team was honored with the Advising Technology Innovation Award at the 2018 NACADA Annual Conference for their use of data dashboards and text messaging to encourage and improve student success.
More Than 20% of UT Undergrads are First-Generation College Students: On November 8, UT joined colleges and universities across the country to celebrate First-Generation College Celebration Day. The First-Generation Commitment Working Group, co-chaired by SSI Executive Director Dr. Cassandre Alvarado, hosted the university’s inaugural First-Generation College Celebration Day event, which was attended by students, faculty, staff, and alumni and covered by The Daily Texan.
For more SSI news, visit studentsuccess.utexas.edu/news.