Read the latest news and information as it relates to Student Success at The University of Texas at Austin.

National Features

Graduating Students

New York Times - Who Gets to Graduate

This New York Times article features the innovative programs we developed to ensure all students are successful and graduate in four years.

PBS Newshour - Who Drops Out and Why

The first in a five-part series highlighting innovative programs across the US, PBS featured our University Leadership Network efforts.

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...

Task Force Reports and Recommendations

In 2011, President Bill Powers appointed the Task Force on Undergraduate Graduation Rates to develop strategies to ensure 70 percent of undergraduate students earn their degrees within four years by 2016. As a result, the task force spent six months interviewing students, faculty and advisers, reviewing data trends and studying other successful universities.

In February 2012, the task force released its report with more than 60 specific recommendations. Read the task force reports and recommendations below.

Recommendations Overview.

Recommendations Full Report (PDF.

Report of the Task Force on Enrollment Strategy, 2003 (PDF.

Report of the Task Force on Curricular Reform, 2005 (PDF.

Report of the Second Task Force on Enrollment Strategy, 2009 (PDF.