What we do
Strategic Academic Initiatives (SAI) facilitates program and operational improvement and assists with efforts that strengthen cross-campus, data-driven planning and decision making. Additionally, our office ensures academic program alignment with institutional policy and external compliance requirements, including UT System, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), NC-SARA, and State Authorization. SAI supports undergraduate curriculum management, including the administration of internal approvals and coordination of necessary external approvals.
SAI manages the university’s accreditation with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Maintaining accreditation enables UT to receive federal funding and indicates a commitment to dedicating sufficient resources, programs, and services to achieve the mission. We have primary oversight for academic and non-academic assessment.
The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, professional, masters, and doctorate degrees.More information
The assessment and evaluation processes produce information to help programs and units investigate barriers, identify areas for improvement, and recognize best practices.More information
The Business Contracts Office and the Office of the Vice President for Legal Affairs have approved these MOU templates, thus review is no longer required when using as written.
Annually, nearly $2 million in awards are distributed across The University of Texas at Austin.
The Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost administers the selection of nine university-wide teaching awards and the Sidney E. Mezes Award, which provides financial support to faculty members who may be in need of assistance due to unexpected circumstances.
2021 Blunk Professorship, Dads’ Teaching Fellowship, and Academy of Distinguished Teachers Awards Announced
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.