The charge of the Strategic Enrollment Management Faculty Working Group (SEM Working Group) is to develop and assess options for the Provost’s Office regarding general principles to guide admissions and financial aid at UT Austin, in line with the core purpose and values of the university. The SEM Working Group will also develop recommendations regarding university structures to facilitate ongoing research, innovation, and areas of improvement in admissions and financial aid.
Guiding questions for the SEM Working Group are outlined below:
- Given constraints imposed by state and federal law, what principles should guide undergraduate admissions and financial aid at UT Austin?
- What goals should drive UT Austin’s new undergraduate student enrollment efforts?
- Which undergraduate students should UT Austin position itself to enroll?
- What characteristics distinguish students who have substantial leadership potential—particularly students whose talents might have been undervalued by traditional measures?
- Who are the talented students whose perspectives are missing from UT Austin’s undergraduate classes today?
- What principles should inform the admission of students to colleges, schools, and specific programs?
- What should a modern definition of affordability for UT Austin include? How should our definitions of affordability relate to the value of UT Austin degrees?
- What principles should inform the allocation of financial aid (including scholarships)?
- What kinds of specific, measurable goals related to upward social mobility should UT Austin consider?
- What kinds of structures should the university maintain to facilitate ongoing research, innovation, and improvement in admissions and financial aid, working in partnership with the Office of Enrollment Management? In particular, how should access to data and presentations of findings be managed?