In the spring of 2018, with executive sponsorship from Provost McInnis and vice president for student affairs, Dr. Soncia Reagins-Lilly—Enrollment Management initiated a charge to begin a first-generation commitment working group. The working group will consist of faculty, staff, students, and units across campus who will identify and find solutions to increase campus-wide support for first-generation Longhorns.
The University of Texas at Austin has a long history of commitment to access for first-generation college students. Over the past five years, the university also has made a strong commitment to increase first-generation student success through efforts to support timely graduation. Our first-generation student graduation rate increases from five years ago to now have been significant. However, there is much work still to do to equalize the graduation rates of first-generation and non-first-generation students.