Provost News

New Resources Announced to Support Online Teaching This Fall
July 21, 2020 - The Online Education Task Force (OETF) was created to help faculty save time and build great online content for their students this fall. They have recently released a series of resources and support tools for faculty at UT.   

Four Students Honored with 2020 Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts
June 8, 2020 - The Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts is given each year to a student at The University of Texas at Austin for unique, creative effort in the performing, literary, and visual arts. 

UT Student Awarded Prestigious Astronaut Scholarship
June 8, 2020 - The Astronaut Scholarship is for outstanding students in the fields of engineering, mathematics, technology, and natural or applied sciences who have shown initiative, creativity, and excellence.

UT Honors Five Undergraduates for Academic Excellence
June 8, 2020 - Each spring, UT Austin, with the generous support of the University Co-op, recognizes up to five undergraduate students for superior scholarly or creative achievement. Four students receive awards of $5,000 each, and one student receives the top award of $7,000.

Statement by The Coalition of Diversity and Inclusion Officers, University of Texas at Austin
June 1, 2020As diversity officers at the University of Texas at Austin, we are grieved, horrified, saddened by the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, as well as countless others who have lost their lives to acts of racial violence.

Blunk Professorship, Dads’ Teaching Fellowship, and Academy of Distinguished Teachers Awards Announced
May 12, 2020 - Every year, the Blunk and Dads' awards recognize outstanding contributions to undergraduate teaching at UT Austin. The UT Austin Academy of Distinguished Teachers is emblematic of sustained excellence in undergraduate teaching.

2020 Experiential Learning Program Stipends Awarded
May 5, 2020 - To support and develop experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students at The University of Texas at Austin, 26 faculty members have been awarded grants to develop experiential learning activities and assignments in new or existing classes.

Lillian Mills Appointed Interim Dean of the McCombs School of Business
April 17, 2020 - Interim Dean-designate Mills is widely respected across the McCombs and UT Austin communities. Her effective date will align with Jay Hartzell’s appointment as interim president.

Robert Devens Appointed Director of The University of Texas Press
April 14, 2020 - Devens currently serves as interim director and served most recently as assistant director and editor-in-chief of UT Press.

Provost’s Authors Fellowship Announces Second Cohort
April 9, 2020 Sixteen faculty members have been selected for the second cohort of the Provost’s Authors Fellowship.

Two UT Austin Undergraduate Students Named 2020 Goldwater Scholars
April 7, 2020 - This prestigious national scholarship is awarded to students pursuing careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering fields.

Faculty Members Receive Prestigious Public Voices Fellowship 
February 19, 2020 - The sixth cohort of the Op-Ed Project Public Voices Fellowship at UT Austin has been announced. 

Faculty Authors Celebrated at Second Annual Reception
February 17, 2020 - Faculty authors from 12 colleges and 35 departments representing a total of 75 books were celebrated at the second annual Faculty Authors Reception. 

Inaugural Cohort Announced for Provost's Distinguished Service Academy
February 11, 2020 - Five UT Austin faculty members have been selected for the inaugural cohort of the Provost’s Distinguished Service Academy (DSA) for their excellence in service and mentorship. 

Student Success Symposium Strengthens Culture of Collaboration
January 22, 2020 - SSI hosts campus showcase to discuss ways to better support students on campus. 

Fifth Annual Academic Leadership Symposium 
January 9, 2020 - 
Academic leaders across campus converged to discuss new leadership approaches in higher education and focus areas for the coming school year.

Class of 2024 Students Awarded Impact Scholarships
December 18, 2019 - High school seniors across Texas were recently surprised in their hometowns with $48,000 Impact Scholarships from the UT Office of Admissions. 

New Campus Visit Experience Developed by UT Students
December 12, 2019 - Students from The Moody College of Communication recently designed and unveiled a new campus visit experience for prospective students and their families. 

Texas One Stop website launches for students
November 21, 2019
 While construction for the new Texas One Stop space began in February this year, on November 21, students can access those same services — all on the Texas One Stop website.

Update on Faculty Equity Initiatives
November 15, 2019 - An overview of faculty equity efforts currently underway, as well as some new initiatives intended to pilot new approaches.

Graduate Education Task Force – Summer Update
July 26, 2019 - Read the message from Mark J. T. Smith and Daina Ramey Berry providing a summer update on the Graduate Education Task Force.

Two College of Natural Sciences Students Selected as 2019 Goldwater Scholars
June 17, 2019Maryam Hussaini and Maike Morrison, undergraduate students from the College of Natural Sciences, have each been awarded a 2019 Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious national scholarship given to students pursuing careers in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering fields. 

UT Austin Student Selected to Receive Prestigious Astronaut Scholarship
June 17, 2019 Sofia Helpert, a UT Austin senior double majoring in physics and chemical engineering, has been selected by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) to join an elite group of Astronaut Scholars for the 2019-20 academic school year.

Five Faculty Members to be Inducted Into UT Austin's Academy of Distinguished Teachers
June 10, 2019 - Honoring excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level, UT Austin announced the 2019 inductees into its prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Recipients of the 2019 Piper, Blunk, Dads’ and Ward Teaching Awards Announced

May 29, 2019 - The recipients of the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award, William David Blunk Memorial Professorship, Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships and the Joe and Bettie Branson Ward Endowed Excellence Award for 2019 have been named.

Preliminary Recommendations – Graduate Education Task Force
May 22, 2019 - Read the message from Mark J. T. Smith and Daina Ramey Berry providing an update on the Graduate Education Task Force and sharing preliminary recommendations and announcements.

New Data Visualization Dashboards Illustrate Faculty Diversity
May 10, 2019
In addition to existing faculty diversity data on the university as a whole, including information on promotion and tenure, the new data dashboards provide college and departmental-level comparisons regarding the diversity of UT Austin's faculty members.

2019 University Co-op Graduate and Undergraduate Excellence Award Recipients Honored at Annual Ceremony
May 7, 2019 - On April 30, UT Austin with generous financial support from the University Co-op, recognized excellence in graduate academics, teaching and professional services, and undergraduate superior scholarly or creative achievement at the annual University Co-op Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Excellence Awards ceremony.

UT Austin Nationally Recognized for Efforts to Support First-Generation Students
May 2, 2019
The Center for First-generation Student Success has recognized UT Austin as a member of its inaugural cohort of First Forward Institutions, universities committed to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students.

Fall 2018 Faculty Success Program Sponsorships
April 29, 2019 - The provost's office is pleased to provide funding assistance on a matching fund basis to diverse tenure-track and tenured faculty members to participate in the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity's Faculty Success Program. In fall 2018, the first cohort of faculty members that received funding assistance from the provost's office completed the program. Read about their experiences.

Tasha Beretvas Appointed Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
April 23, 2019 - UT Austin has appointed Tasha Beretvas as the next senior vice provost for faculty affairs. She currently serves as the associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Education. Beretvas will succeed Janet Dukerich, who has served in this role since 2014. Her appointment begins June 1, 2019.

ELI Faculty Course Developer Stipends Awarded
April 22, 2019 - To support and develop experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate students at UT Austin, 26 stipends have been awarded to 28 faculty members to develop experiential learning activities and assignments in new or existing classes. 

Inaugural Cohort Announced for Provost’s Authors Fellowship
March 27, 2019 - In an effort to provide increased support for associate professors pursuing promotion to full professor, 17 faculty members have been selected for the Provost’s Authors Fellowship.

Larry Singell Appointed Senior Vice Provost for Resource Management
March 7, 2019 - UT Austin has appointed Larry Singell as the next senior vice provost for resource management. He currently serves as the executive dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University Bloomington. Singell will succeed Dan Slesnick, who has served in this role since 2010. His appointment begins July 1, 2019.

New Event Honors UT Austin Faculty Book Authors
March 1, 2019 - In an effort to better celebrate the work of UT Austin faculty book authors and provide an opportunity to learn more about the breadth of scholarship taking place on campus, Provost Maurie McInnis hosted the inaugural Annual Faculty Authors Reception on Jan. 10, 2019. 

Design, Meet Research
February 28, 2019 - How UT is encouraging faculty members to think outside the (tenure) box and try something new.

Eight UT Austin Faculty Members Named Recipients of the 2018-19 President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award
January 24, 2019 - Eight UT Austin faculty members are being highlighted for their work and have been named recipients of the annual President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award for the 2018-19 academic year. 

Ann Huff Stevens Appointed Dean of UT Austin’s College of Liberal Arts
January 9, 2019 - UT Austin has named Ann Huff Stevens the next dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Her appointment will begin July 15, 2019.

UT Austin’s Hazlewood Exemption Application Now Online
December 19, 2018 - UT Austin has now made it easier for students to apply for and utilize their Hazlewood benefits. The Office of the Registrar recently launched a new online application portal for the Hazlewood exemption. This online portal removes potential barriers for students by eliminating a lengthy paper process and saves students time.

Nine UT Austin Faculty Members and Researchers Awarded ConTex Collaborative Research Grants
December 18, 2018ConTex, a joint initiative of The University of Texas System and Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), announced the recipients of their 2018 Collaborative Research Grants. This year, nine of the 12 ConTex awards went to UT Austin faculty and researchers, further demonstrating the university’s commitment to academic and research engagement with Mexico. 

Varun Rai Named New UT Energy Institute Director
December 17, 2018 - Varun Rai has been named the next director of the Energy Institute at UT Austin, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Rai succeeds Michael Webber, who has served as the institute’s acting director since September 2018.

Eduroam Provides Worldwide Internet Access
December 4, 2018 - UT Austin faculty and staff now have access to Eduroam, a WiFi service that allows faculty, staff, students, and affiliates to obtain Internet connectivity easily and at no charge. 

Announcing Cluster and Interdisciplinary Hiring Initiative
November 15, 2018 - UT Austin has made significant progress to strengthen interdisciplinary research and scholarship efforts. To supplement this work, the provost's office is launching the Cluster and Interdisciplinary Hiring Initiative designed to extend collaborative research and scholarship by authorizing up to 40 new faculty hires whose interdisciplinary areas of knowledge cross the boundaries of existing academic departments.

New Faculty Author Event
November 12, 2018 - To celebrate the work of UT Austin's faculty and provide an opportunity to learn more about the breadth of scholarship taking place on campus, Provost McInnis will host the inaugural Annual Faculty Authors Reception to showcase published works.

Art Markman Named Director of IC² Institute at UT Austin
November 12, 2018 - Art Markman, the Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor of Psychology and Marketing, has been appointed director of the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin, effective Dec. 1, 2018.

The struggles and strengths of being a first-generation college student
November 8, 2018 - Nov. 8 is National First-Generation College Student Day. Charles Martinez, dean-designate of the College of Education at UT Austin, shares his story as a first-generation college student.

Faculty Profile: Brad Love
November 8, 2018 - Brad Love is a university distinguished teaching professor and the associate director of the Center for Health Communication in the Moody College of Communication and Dell Medical School. His profile is part of a series highlighting UT Austin's faculty members who were first-generation college students in celebration of national First-Generation College Celebration Day.

Faculty Profile: Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez
November 8, 2018 - Maggie Rivas-Rodriguez is a professor in the School of Journalism in the Moody College of Communication. Her profile is part of a series highlighting UT Austin's faculty members who were first-generation college students in celebration of national First-Generation College Celebration Day.

Faculty Profile: Richard Reddick
November 8, 2018 - Richard Reddick is an associate professor and coordinator for the Program in Higher Education Leadership in the College of Education, and the assistant director of the Plan II Honors Program in the College of Liberal Arts. His profile is part of a series highlighting UT Austin's faculty members who were first-generation college students in celebration of national First-Generation College Celebration Day.

Faculty Profile: Rachelle Johnsson Chiang
November 8, 2018 - Rachelle Johnsson Chiang is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Public Health in the College of Natural Sciences. Her profile is part of a series highlighting UT Austin's faculty members who were first-generation college students in celebration of national First-Generation College Celebration Day.

Sonia Feigenbaum Appointed Senior Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Chief International Officer
November 6, 2018 - UT Austin has appointed Sonia Feigenbaum as the inaugural senior vice provost for global engagement and chief international officer. She currently serves as the associate vice chancellor for international engagement and global strategies and senior international officer at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

UT Austin Records Its Highest Four-Year Graduation Rate
September 27, 2018 - The Class of 2018 set a record for The University of Texas at Austin’s four-year graduation rate at 69.8 percent.

Charles Martinez Appointed Dean of UT Austin’s College of Education
July 10, 2018 - The University of Texas at Austin has named Charles R. Martinez Jr. the next dean of the College of Education. His appointment will begin Jan. 1, 2019.

UT Austin’s Office of Financial Aid Receives Industry Award for Creation of the eTASFA
July 2, 2018
- The University of Texas at Austin’s Office of Financial Aid was awarded a Gold Star Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) during their annual conference, held this year on June 24-27 in Austin.

Two UT Professors Recognized for Innovative Teaching
June 21, 2018 - Erika Bsumek, associate professor of history, and Mark Daniels, professor of mathematics, have been named recipients of the 2018 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. 

Five Students Receive the 2018 Roy Crane Award for Their Achievements in the Literary Arts
June 7, 2018 - The Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts has been given to five students in the category of the literary arts.

College of Natural Sciences Student Selected to Receive Prestigious Astronaut Scholarship
May 30, 2018 - Logan Pearce, a UT Austin senior majoring in astronomy and physics, has been selected by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to join an elite group of Astronaut Scholars for the 2018-19 academic school year.

Recipients of the 2018-19 Piper, Blunk and Dads’ Teaching Awards Announced
May 17, 2018 - The recipients of the Minnie Stevens Piper Professor Award, William David Blunk Memorial Professorship and the Dads’ Association Centennial Teaching Fellowships for 2018-19 have been named. 

UT Austin Joins the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
May 17, 2018 - As part of a broad effort to better support faculty diversity and inclusion across campus, UT Austin is now an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD).

Eric T. Meyer Appointed Dean of UT Austin’s School of Information
May 15, 2018 - UT Austin has named Eric T. Meyer the next dean of the School of Information. His appointment will begin Aug.1, and he will hold the Louis T. Yule Regents Professorship in Library and Information Science and the Mary R. Boyvey Chair for Excellence.

The 2018 University Co-op George H. Mitchell Award Winners Honored at Annual Ceremony and Dinner
May 7, 2018 - UT Austin, with generous financial support from the University Co-op, recognized five undergraduate students for their superior scholarly or creative achievement at the annual University Co-op George H. Mitchell Award ceremony held at the Texas Union. 

Four Faculty Members to be Inducted Into UT Austin's Academy of Distinguished Teachers
April 25, 2018 - Honoring excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level, The University of Texas at Austin announced the 2018 inductees into its prestigious Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

UT Austin Expands Financial Aid With New Commitment to Texans Making Up to $100,000
April 20, 2018 - Starting this fall, new incoming UT Austin Texas freshmen with family incomes of up to $100,000 (Adjusted Gross Income), who have financial need, will be guaranteed financial aid through the Texas Advance Commitment.

Pop-Up Institutes Tackle Big Research Questions — Quickly
April 13, 2018 - This spring and summer mark the second year that The University of Texas at Austin will host a series of Pop-Up Institutes on campus. Researchers and faculty members from more than 25 different departments will participate in one of three pop-ups that focus on adolescent drug and alcohol addiction, humanistic approaches to healthcare, and planetary habitability.

Paul Goldbart Appointed Dean of UT Austin’s College of Natural Sciences
April 12, 2018 - UT Austin has named Paul Goldbart the next dean of the College of Natural Sciences. His appointment will begin Aug.1, and he will hold the Robert E. Boyer Chair in Natural Sciences.

Three Undergraduates Selected as 2018 Goldwater Scholars
April 11, 2018 - Three College of Natural Sciences undergraduates have been selected as 2018 Goldwater Scholars. Griffin Glenn, Logan Pearce and Jenna McGuffey are among 208 college students nationwide who received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship given in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Students Awarded Surprise Impact Scholarships
March 23, 2018 - Admissions representatives surprised more than 30 students in their hometowns to present them with a four-year scholarship.

UT Austin Hosts Top High School Scientists, Provides Opportunity to Meet Faculty Researchers
February 16, 2018 - On Feb. 15 and 16, The University of Texas at Austin hosted members of the American Junior Academy of Science (AJAS), the nation’s only honor research society for high school scientists. 

After 44 Years of Building Computational Science at UT, ICES Founder and Director Tinsley Oden Steps into New Role
January 25, 2018 - After 44 years of leading The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) and its predecessors, Oden is stepping down from his position as founding director. While he will remain associate vice president for research at UT, Oden begins a new era in which he will focus his ideas, creativity and enthusiasm on research and scientific goals. This includes continuing to educate the next generation of computational scientists, and collaborating with colleagues to advance the future of computational science.

Ted Gordon Joins the Provost's Office as Vice Provost for Diversity
October 31, 2017 - Dr. Gordon will work to promote and enhance diversity across the university.

Campus message from Daniel Jaffe, vice president for research: First Bridging Barriers Grand Challenge - Planet Texas 2050
October 18, 2017 - Announcing that UT Austin’s first university-wide, interdisciplinary research challenge will be Planet Texas 2050: Planning for a Resilient Texas.

Future of Texas is Focus of New Research Challenge
October 18, 2017 - Extreme weather events, population growth and aging infrastructure are common challenges Texas shares with the nation and world. In order to better understand these issues and devise innovative solutions, UT Austin will launch Planet Texas 2050: Planning for a Resilient Texas, the first in a series of university-wide, interdisciplinary research challenges.

PACE Receives National Advising Award
October 12, 2017 - The collaborative co-enrollment program between UT Austin and Austin Community College (ACC) is a recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Institutional Advising Program Award given by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). 

DOD Awards $1.1 Billion Contract to UT Austin’s Applied Research Laboratories
September 28, 2017 - The U.S. Navy has awarded Applied Research Laboratories at UT Austin (ARL:UT) the largest research contract in the university’s history — worth as much as $1.1 billion over 10 years — to conduct research and development to improve U.S national security.

Introducing the 2017-18 Harrington Fellows
September 26, 2017 - UT Austin is privileged to be the home of the distinguished Harrington Fellows Program which supports both Faculty and Graduate Fellows each year. Meet the 2017-18 Harrington Fellows.

UT System Board of Regents Honors Seven UT Austin Faculty Members for Outstanding Teaching
September 22, 2017 - The University of Texas System Board of Regents named seven UT Austin faculty members as recipients of the 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA).

Four-Year Graduation Rate Rises from 51 to 66 Percent in Five Years
September 20, 2017 - Graduation rates continue to climb at UT Austin, with the four-year rate reaching 65.7 percent in 2017, up almost 5 percentage points from last year and setting a university record.

Growth in Texas Drives UT Austin Automatic Admission to Top 6 Percent
September 15, 2017 - UT Austin will automatically admit eligible Texas students in the top 6 percent of their high school graduating class beginning in the summer and fall of 2019.

Update from Marine Science Institute Director On Hurricane Harvey Damage
September 13, 2017 - Read an update from The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute Director, Dr. Robert Dickey issued Sept. 12 on the institute's operations in the wake of extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey. 

New School of Design and Creative Technologies Launched at UT Austin’s College of Fine Arts
September 7, 2017 - In a move aimed to support the need for creative professionals in the business, nonprofit and government worlds, UT Austin has created the School of Design and Creative Technologies.

Steve Hicks School of Social Work Established at UT Austin With Gift from Regent and Telecommunications Pioneer
September 6, 2017 - R. Steven “Steve” Hicks, telecommunications pioneer and vice chairman of the Board of Regents at The University of Texas System, has made a generous gift to advance The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Social Work. In recognition, the university will name it the Steve Hicks School of Social Work.

Innovating For Student Success: The University Leadership Network (ULN) and Tiered Undergraduate Peer Mentor Model
August 28, 2017 - This paper highlights the innovative approach the Student Success Initiatives unit at UT Austin is taking to increase undergraduate persistence and four-year graduation rates.

APLU Recognizes UT Austin for Leadership in Degree Completion
August 24, 2017 - As part of its ongoing efforts to increase degree completion, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) named UT Austin as one of five finalists for its 2017 Project Degree Completion Award.

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.


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. 


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.


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..


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...