Provost News

Barry Lopez Awarded UT Austin’s Dobie Paisano International Residency Prize
July 25, 2017 - Barry Lopez, a distinguished novelist, essayist and short-story writer, has been awarded the Dobie Paisano International Residency Prize by UT Austin. The award honors a national or international writer who has demonstrated an abiding connection to the natural world.

UT System Awards $1.8M to Expand Innovative UT Austin Success Program
July 10, 2017 - As part of a $10 million award for institutional student success initiatives, The University of Texas System Board of Regents granted $1.8 million to fund the expansion of UT Austin’s Graduation Help Desk.

2017 Dobie Paisano Fellows Announced
June 9, 2017 - Ricardo Nuila and Domingo Martinez have been awarded the 2017-2018 Dobie Paisano writing fellowships sponsored by the Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Institute of Letters.

UT Austin Student Wins Prestigious Astronaut Scholarship
June 7, 2017 - A UT Austin senior majoring in mathematics, physics and astronomy, has been selected by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to join an elite group of Astronaut Scholars for the 2017-18 academic school year.

UT Planner Simplifies Class Schedule Planning
June 5, 2017 - The Office of the Registrar has launched the UT Planner, a new online class schedule planning tool for students.

University Leadership Network (ULN) Graduates Inaugural Class
June 2, 2017 - At the Celebration of Leadership on May 4, university leaders joined ULN directors, coordinators and students to celebrate the end of the academic year and give special recognition to the Class of 2017 — the first to complete all four years of ULN programming.

Randolph Bias Appointed Interim Dean of School of Information
June 1, 2017 - UT Austin has named Randolph Bias as interim dean of the School of Information. His appointment begins Sept. 1, 2017.

Sherry Field Appointed Interim Dean of College of Education
May 31, 2017 - UT Austin has named Sherry Field as interim dean of the College of Education. Her appointment begins January 1, 2018.

Four Students Named Recipients of the 2017 Roy Crane Award
May 24, 2017 - The Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts has been given to four students in the category of the performing arts.

The 2017 Inductees into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers Named
May 23, 2017 - Six new inductees into the prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT Austin have been named. 

Class of 2017
May 19, 2017 - Breaking the cycle. Thriving in tragedy. Shifting paradigms. Changing the world. This is the University of Texas at Austin’s Class of 2017. (published by the Texas Exes)

Building Exceptional University Leaders
May 8, 2017 - The spring semester ushered in not only the start of a new calendar year, but also the launch of the inaugural offering of The University of Texas Executive Management and Leadership Program (UT EMLP).  

Douglas Bruster Named Piper Professor of 2017
May 1, 2017 - Douglas Bruster, professor in the Department of English, was named a Piper Professor of 2017 by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation for his dedication to the teaching profession and for his outstanding academic, scientific, and scholarly achievement at UT Austin.

UT appoints new Graduate School dean, senior vice provost for academic affairs
April 23, 2017 - The University announced earlier this month Mark Smith will be the new dean of the Graduate School and senior vice provost for academic affairs following Marvin Hackert’s service as interim dean since June 2015. 

Recipients of the 2017-18 Blunk Professorship and Dads’ Teaching Fellowships Announced
April 17, 2017 - Both awards recognize outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching at UT Austin.

Mark Smith Appointed Dean of Graduate School and Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at UT Austin
April 10, 2017 - UT Austin has appointed Mark J.T. Smith as the next dean of the Graduate School and senior vice provost for academic affairs. Smith comes to UT Austin from Purdue University, where he has served as the dean of the Graduate School since 2009.

Rachelle Hernandez Named Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
March 31, 2017 - Rachelle Hernandez has been appointed senior vice provost for enrollment management at UT Austin. She is currently the associate vice provost for enrollment management and director of admissions at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Harrington Fellows Present Innovative Research at Annual Symposium
March 15, 2017 - Scholars funded by The Donald D. Harrington Fellows Program, the most prestigious fellowship program at UT Austin, will present their research at the 15th annual research symposium in Amarillo on April 4.

Bloomberg-backed Group to Help Poorer Students Graduate From College
March 14, 2017 - A national effort is seeking to help high achieving, lower-income students enroll and succeed at selective colleges. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the American Talent Initiative is a coalition of 30 Ivy League, state flagship, private universities, and liberal arts colleges. An additional 26 member institutions will be officially announced in April.

UT at SXSWedu 2017
March 10, 2017 - Faculty, students and staff were found leading discussions across one of the largest educational conferences in the country at SXSWedu.

Michelle Addington Appointed Dean of UT Austin School of Architecture
February 27, 2017 - Her appointment begins July 1, and she will hold the Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture.

College to Career Task Force
February 16, 2017 - Announcing the creation of the College to Career Task Force, a diverse group of faculty, staff, and students from across campus who will review the university’s efforts to prepare UT Austin students for life after graduation.

Data Driving UT Austin’s Increase in Graduation Rates
February 10, 2017 - As one of the largest public flagship universities in the country, UT Austin has earned recognition as a national leader, not only in increasing graduation rates, but doing it on a large scale.

Eyes on Teaching Attracts Hundreds of Faculty
February 9, 2017 - Nearly 300 faculty members from across campus participated in UT Austin’s inaugural Eyes on Teaching, a two-day event designed to strengthen the culture of teaching and learning across the university.

UT Austin Leaders Convene at Academic Leadership Symposium
January 10, 2017
Leaders from across campus convened at the 3rd Annual Academic Leadership Symposium on January 10, 2017 at the AT&T Conference Center to discuss key initiatives and issues in higher education and their impact at UT Austin.


2016

UT Austin Welcomes the 2016-17 Harrington Fellows
October 13, 2016 - On October 13, President Gregory L. Fenves, along with Provost Maurie McInnis and other university faculty and staff, welcomed the 2016-17 Harrington Fellows to UT Austin with a special reception held in the President’s Office.

Seven Faculty Members Inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers
October 5, 2016 - Faculty and university leadership gathered to celebrate the induction of seven new faculty members into the prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

UT Sets Record for Four-Year Graduation Rates
September 29, 2016 - The number of students to graduate on time from UT reached record highs this year, with 60.9 percent of undergraduates earning their degrees in four years or less. But with just one year left to complete its lofty goal of getting 70 percent of undergraduate students out the door on schedule, will the university make it?

MyUT website to replace UTDirect as students’ main online resource portal
September 2, 2016 - New student portal MyUT debuted this fall as the main site to address student needs and will replace UTDirect by 2017. 

The Sixteen Most Innovative People in Higher Education
September/October 2016 - Here is how they’re working to make college more accessible, affordable, and effective.

New Faculty Introduced at 36th Annual Symposium
August 26, 2016 - To help introduce and welcome faculty, the Faculty Innovation Center and the Provost Teaching Fellows hosted over 100 new members at the 36th Annual New Faculty Symposium on August 16, 2016.

UT Austin Launches New Student Web Portal
August 22, 2016 - UT Austin has launched a new web portal for students, called MyUT, providing a single point-of-access to all the information they need to conduct their university business.

Provost's Office Hosts Workshop for New Academic Leaders
August 15, 2016
On August 11 and 12, the Provost’s Office sponsored a workshop for all new academic leaders on campus. The New Academic Leaders Workshop covered topics that are important to academic administrators, and it provided an opportunity for this year's 30 attendees to meet each other and network with their peers.

Coding Goes Mainstream
August 10, 2016 - Traditional colleges are entering the coding boot camp market by partnering with boot camp providers or by creating their own programs.

Faster Graduation Leaves Schools Grappling With New Enrollment Patterns
July 25, 2016 - With more students finishing in less than a half-dozen years, colleges must add sections of upper-level courses and admit fewer transfer students.

As Dual Enrollments Swell, So Do Worries About Academic Rigor
July 22, 2016 - Courses that give high-school students college credit before they graduate are expanding rapidly, especially in Texas. Raymund A. Paredes, the state’s commissioner of higher education, is among those warning against expanding too fast.

Institutional Accreditation and Effectiveness 2015-2016 Year in Review
June 27, 2016 - The Office of Institutional Accreditation and Effectiveness (IAE) led many initiatives this past academic year designed to improve organizational processes and the student experience.

Colleges prioritize affordability for first-year students
June 23, 2016 - Institutions are developing programs to reduce costs for first-year freshmen and transfer students.

Provost Office Staff Service Awards
June 14, 2016 - Every year, the Provost's Office recognizes staff members for their years of service, and this year’s group truly exemplified what dedication really means.

Same Time, Many Locations: Online Education Goes Back to Its Origins
June 14, 2016 - One of the hottest tickets at the University of Texas at Austin these days is a seat in a face-to-face classroom for an introductory psychology course. Most of the 1,500 undergraduates who take the course each semester watch the lectures online, but 24 are chosen to attend in person in the studio classroom on the two days a week that it meets.

Student Success Initiatives 2015-2016 Year in Review
June 13, 2016 - Here are some of the major accomplishments from the SSI team over the past year that have contributed to the rising four-year graduation rates at UT Austin. 

Process and Policy Changes to Request Exception to Serve Alcoholic Beverages at an Event on Campus
May 18, 2016 - In a memo issued on April 26, 2016, President Fenves delegated the authority to approve exception requests. Moving forward, the provost has the authority to approve requests for any event on campus, and each respective dean and vice president (and their delegates) can approve requests for events sponsored by their respective portfolio.

The Bilingual Brain
May 13, 2016 - Scholars and students from across the country convened at the Moody College of Communication to participate in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders’ bilingual symposium and research blitz to further work in the field of bilingual language acquisition.

Alexa Stuifbergen Reappointed Dean of School of Nursing
May 9, 2016 - Interim Provost Judith H. Langlois has reappointed Alexa Stuifbergen as dean of the School of Nursing, effective immediately.

2016 Awards for Excellence in Graduate Education
May 9, 2016 - The Graduate School coordinates annual award programs to honor outstanding individuals. Learn more about the winners.

Spring 2016 Faculty Awards Announced
May 5, 2016 - It is officially spring, which means it is also award season, and many UT Austin faculty members are being honored for their outstanding teaching, dedication to their students, and scholarly achievement.

Mathematician Receives Prestigious Education Awards
May 4, 2016 - Philip 'Uri' Treisman, founder and executive director of the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin, has been honored with two major education awards nationally: the Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award from the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics and a Piper Professorship from the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation.

Toni Wegner Named Chief Operations Officer for Project 2021 at UT Austin
May 3, 2016 - Toni Wegner has been appointed Chief Operations Officer for Project 2021, an initiative at The University of Texas at Austin to develop next-generation undergraduate programs through course design, technology integration and rigorous evaluation.

UT to Welcome Largest Incoming Freshmen Class Ever
April 29, 2016 - When classes start next fall, UT is expected to welcome more than 8,500 incoming freshmen to UT, according to the provost’s office. 

Presidential Scholars Honored By President Fenves at Spring Reception
April 28, 2016 - President Fenves announced the winners of the Presidential Scholars Essay Competition, and visited with students at the spring reception on April 28, 2016 at the San Jacinto Multipurpose Room.

Alternate Admissions Policies Serve as Effective Measures to Attain Elite Education
April 27, 2016 - Those students who wish to attend UT as part of the class of 2020 will only receive automatic admission if they are in the top 8 percent of their graduating high school class. For the class of 2021, this rate will be lowered to 7 percent.

Academy of Distinguished Teachers Announces 2016 Inductees
April 27, 2016 - As part of UT Austin’s continued commitment to recognizing excellence in teaching, the university is excited to announce this year’s inductees into the prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

University Co-op Honors Student Awards at Annual Ceremony and Honors Nakesame
April 26, 2016 - In recognition of their superior scholarly and creative achievement while at UT Austin, seven undergraduate students were honored at the seventeenth annual University Co-op George, H. Mitchell award ceremony at the AT&T Conference Center on April 25, 2016.

The Price of Admission
March 29, 2016 - As UT officials fight the Top 10 Percent Rule, UT also fights to make it a success.

UT at SXSWedu
March 24, 2016
- This year's SXSWedu conference featured UT faculty and staff from across campus highlighting the diverse array of though-leaders on campus.

Improving veterans compliance reporting
March 23, 2016 - By the end of May, the first stage of a revamped veterans’ compliance reporting system should be ready, according to presenters at AACRAO’s 2016 Annual Meeting.

University of Texas at Austin Statement on Primate Research
March 11, 2016
- Statement regarding scientific research on primates by researchers at UT Austin.  

Announcing the 2016 Cohort of Provost's Teaching Fellows
March 8, 2016 - This year's group of Provost’s Teaching Fellows represent some of the most impressive educators at UT Austin and it is an honor to be chosen. 

2016 Academic Leadership Symposium
January 13, 2016 - Leaders from across UT Austin came together to participate in the 2nd annual Academic Leadership Symposium to discuss key campus issues and best practices for effective leadership in higher education. 


2015

Texas Senior Citizens Attend College for Free
November 5, 2015 - Thousands of Texans are turning to statewide and federal programs each year to attend college for free. The only eligibility requirement? The student must be over 65 years old.

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.

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..

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.


2014

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.

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..


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...