Strategic Academic Initiatives

Providing guidance on data-driven planning and decision making

Leading strategic campus-wide academic initiatives and assuring institutional accreditation and academic compliance.

Strategic Academic Initiatives

Providing guidance on data-driven planning and decision making

Leading strategic campus-wide academic initiatives and assuring institutional accreditation and academic compliance.

What we do

The purpose of our office is to provide leadership and change management support to all units reporting to the office of the executive vice president and provost. We also implement policies and procedures that facilitate operational improvement. Working closely with others, SAI facilitates processes that strengthen cross-campus data-driven planning and decision making while also enhancing connections and collaborations. Technology and data play a crucial role in the decision-making process at the University of Texas. We support modernization of data collection in order to help leadership make quick and informed choices about administrative programs for students and faculty members.

Our office supports undergraduate curriculum management, including the administration of internal approvals and coordination of necessary external approvals by UT System and other regulatory bodies.

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 as well as academic continuous improvement.

Additionally, our office ensures academic program alignment with institutional policy and other compliance requirements, including UT System, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), NC-SARA, State Authorization, and other regulatory bodies.

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Accreditation

The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, professional, masters, and doctorate degrees.

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Assessment

The assessment and evaluation processes produce information to help programs and units investigate barriers, identify areas for improvement, and recognize best practices.

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Faculty Awards

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.

Faculty Awards

2020 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.

About the staff

Strategic Academic Initiatives staff support all units reporting to the office of the executive vice president and provost through a portfolio of policies and procedures that facilitate operational improvement.

Linda Neavel Dickens

Associate Vice Provost

Jeff Freels

Director of Academic Policy and Compliance

Ashleigh Moses

Senior Strategic Coordinator

Tiffany Willis

Assistant Director