March 16, 2017
Dear UT Parents,
When your child decided to become a Longhorn and come to the 40 Acres, there were many questions I am sure you asked your child. What are your interests? What do you want to study? What will you do after you graduate? As the parent of a high school student, I have similar discussions in my home often.
As parents, we want our children to lead lives of intellectual, professional, and social fulfillment. We want them to discover what interests them, brings them happiness, and provides opportunity for growth and security in their careers and professional pursuits.
One of the most important responsibilities of the university is to ensure our students are prepared to succeed after graduation. That might mean full-time employment, continuing their education, public service, or a variety of other pursuits. This responsibility begins the first day a student walks on our campus and continues beyond graduation.
Right now, there are many successful programs across campus helping students develop and transition into their lives after graduation. Many students already receive tremendous support. We want to learn from what we are doing well and better understand areas where we can improve.
This is why I am excited to share with you the creation of the College to Career Task Force, a diverse group of Longhorns from across campus whom I have asked to review the university’s efforts to prepare our students for life after graduation.
The task force is divided into subcommittees focusing on four specific areas.
- Discovery – How can we best help students identify their professional interests and navigate their career path? What resources can we provide to develop and hone their interests?
- Transition – How can we best support students in making the transition from campus to the world beyond? And how can we better connect them with employers, graduate programs, and public service opportunities?
- Post-Graduation – How can we better serve Longhorns after graduation? Can we better leverage their professional successes throughout Texas, across the nation, and across the globe?
- Data – What data are currently available to the university and what data do we need to begin collecting to ensure we are making informed decisions?
The task force will submit its report this summer, which will inform our decision making to ensure we are providing your children the necessary support and resources to help them succeed and flourish after they leave the 40 Acres. And bring you greater peace of mind.
Executive Vice President and Provost
The University of Texas at Austin