UT joined colleges and universities across the country to #celebratefirstgen by hosting its inaugural on-campus event.
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.
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.
For the second year in a row, a program in The University of Texas at Austin’s Student Success Initiatives (SSI) has won a National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) award — this year in the technology category. The Monitoring Advising Analytics to Promote Success (MAAPS) team was honored with the Advising Technology Innovation Award at the 2018 NACADA
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.
The university has made especially noteworthy improvements in the four-year graduation rates of first-generation college students and students eligible for Pell grants.