Current Initiatives

Advancing the academic mission through strategic investments

We coordinate and support a variety of programs, working groups, and task force efforts dedicated to removing barriers to success and developing solutions to meet the unique needs of campus.

Current Initiatives

Advancing the academic mission through strategic investments

We coordinate and support a variety of programs, working groups, and task force efforts dedicated to removing barriers to success and developing solutions to meet the unique needs of campus.

Institutional Priorities

We provide leadership and support to the campus community through initiatives that advance the academic mission of the university. Working collaboratively with campus leaders and stakeholders, these initiatives support the creation of knowledge and discovery, improve access to resources and support equity and inclusion in all forms.

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Provost’s Distinguished Service Academy

This academy will represent a formal organization of faculty members with excellence in mentoring and service to their college, the university, the state of Texas and the nation.

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Bridging Barriers Grand Challenges

Bridging Barriers serves as an incubator for interdisciplinary projects at the university by supporting researchers as they are tasked with identifying urgent, real-world issues — and figuring out the best way to solve them in less than a decade.

Current Initiatives

All task forces, working groups and initiatives from the Provost's Office

Faculty

Research Reboot

Developed in response to COVID-19 disruptions, Research Reboot will offer a limited number of tenure-track and tenured faculty members a semester of release from organized teaching to support the revitalization of their research, scholarship and creative trajectories.

Faculty

COACHE Faculty Job Satisfaction Survey

COACHE is a national program operating from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This faculty job satisfaction survey research allows the university to understand faculty satisfaction and climate issues, and compare them with faculty at peer institutions.

Faculty

Experiential Learning Initiative

A 3-year pilot program to support and develop experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates.

Faculty

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Provides career development, training, and mentoring resources to support faculty members, particularly underrepresented faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.

Faculty

APPLICATIONS OPEN - Provost's Early Career Cohort Fellowship Awards

New initiative to help increase the number of faculty who will further UT’s critical goals of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness by attracting and hiring candidates with outstanding scholarly records, as well as knowledge and experience in the issues and practices of diversity, equity and/or inclusion.

Faculty

Provost Author's Fellowship

Helps faculty members advance their research and scholarship through support for book development and publication.

Faculty

Provost’s Faculty Leadership Fellows

The inaugural cohort of this program will collaborate with members of the Provost’s team to lead specific, essential campus-wide projects.

Faculty

APPLICATIONS OPEN -Proactive Initiatives for Pool Excellence in Searches (PIPES)

The PIPES program was created to better support departments and units in the recruitment process as they work to diversify their units. development, appointments, academic searches, and faculty

Faculty

Academic Calendar Modifications

This committee will review and identify the key components for a recommended academic calendar that meets university educational needs, supports immediate and long-term innovation, supports the university’s academic mission, while ensuring compliance with university guidelines and federal and state regulations.

Faculty

COVID Transformational Online Instruction Contributions (TONIC) Awards

UT faculty and staff have demonstrated extraordinary creativity in their rapid innovation and transformation of hybrid and online instruction. In recognition of the impact of these efforts, we are announcing the COVID Transformational Online Instruction Contributions Awards.

Faculty

Global Virtual Exchange

The Texas Global Virtual Exchange Initiative encourages UT Austin faculty to co-create collaborative online international learning courses with peers at universities around the world. Virtual exchanges foster meaningful, sustainable, and accessible international experiences for all UT Austin students.

Faculty

Texas Global Research Seed Fund

Texas Global Faculty Research Seed Grants support faculty with peer collaborators at institutions abroad to conduct research that addresses global challenges.

Undergraduate

UT for Me – Powered By Dell Scholars

In 2020, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and UT Austin began a historic new partnership to close the gap in graduation rates across income levels. This effort will dramatically expand individualized support services for all Pell-eligible students through UT for Me – Powered by Dell Scholars program.

Undergraduate & Graduate

Longhorn Textbook Access

Longhorn Textbook Access (LTA) is a new initiative designed to reduce the cost of digital textbooks and other digital course materials for students. Faculty choose the learning materials that best support their course objectives as they have done in the past, and LTA helps provide students access to the materials at the lowest possible cost. This university-wide initiative is coordinated in partnership with the University Co-op.

Undergraduate & Graduate

Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Transition Committee

The purpose of this initiative is to enhance enrollment and student success efforts, and prepare the campus to become a HSI. The committee will provide institutional leadership and guidance through UT Austin’s transition to HSI designation.

Undergraduate & Graduate

Tuition Payment Deadline and Funds Flow (TPFF) Working Group

The TPFF working group was created to simplify the timing and payment processes of students’ tuition and other direct costs bills and to align with the disbursement of financial aid.

Undergraduate & Graduate

Global Career Launch

Global Career Launch is an innovative comprehensive global internship framework for undergraduate and graduate students to engage in high-impact work and research experiences abroad.

Undergraduate & Graduate

Internal Transfer Policy Working Group

The purpose of this project is to implement the recommendations of the Internal Transfer Policy Working Group to build a centralized undergraduate internal transfer application and timeline that is used by all CSUs. The project will also include establishing a holistic review score for each applicant that is shared with CSUs.

Students & Alumni

HookedIn

Texas Exes and Texas Career Engagement partnered with colleges and schools across the university to launch HookedIn, the official networking platform for UT Austin students and alumni to connect, grow and give back.

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Enrollment Management & Student Success

College to Career Task Force

Assessed the support and resources provided to students to help them achieve the skills, experiences, and co-curricular knowledge needed to for life after graduation.

Provost Office

Task Force on the Future of the UT Libraries

Engaged the campus community to develop a shared vision for how UT Libraries will support UT’s mission in research, teaching and learning and to identify resources required to best advance the creation, discovery, dissemination and preservation of knowledge.

Faculty Affairs

Experiential Learning Faculty Working Group

Explored questions about how faculty and academic units should be supported in developing, scaling, and integrating experiential learning.