The University of Texas at San Antonio is gearing up for some substantial changes in the next few years. Its new president, Taylor Eighmy, has set up three initiatives, each with a task force, to realign university operations.
The priority driving the changes is student success — and with that, improving UTSA’s graduation rate, which now sits at 22 percent for students who have attended for four years. That’s up 4 percentage points from the previous year, when the university had an 18 percent graduation rate. Even for six years, the rate is low, at 37 percent.
In a recent interview, Eighmy said UTSA needs a greater sense of urgency to get those numbers up and make sure fewer students slip through the cracks.
“We have a longer path to climb than others,” he said. “We need to figure out quickly how to build on our momentum so that we can move the needle further than typically what other institutions have been doing.”