This fall, nearly 5,000 freshmen came to UTSA as the Class of 2016. It was a great moment meeting them and seeing how full of spirit they are -- and how excited they are to be at UTSA. It's an impressive group, ready to fulfill their passion to succeed.
With their success in mind, UTSA is committed to providing an excellent education, while encouraging them to finish their degrees within four years. The numbers show that the longer a student works toward a degree, the less likely they are to complete it. To address this issue being faced across Texas and the nation, we are working on an exciting new initiative to help more students reach their educational goals within four years, so they can say, "I am another UTSA success story."
The new UTSA Four-Year Graduation Rate Improvement Plan (GRIP) is a dynamic framework to help the Class of 2016 and those following by setting higher expectations, providing better guides for academic success and minimizing barriers. This plan will give students a clearer path to success and more opportunities to align their interests with their abilities.
The initiative will include raising admission standards, expanding the focus on freshmen to help them better integrate into a university setting, emphasizing four-year degree plans, increasing financial aid incentives and streamlined curricula to benchmark and reinforce progress, and adding faculty and advising staff to help personalize and enhance the academic experience.
With nearly half of the Class of 2016 coming from the top 25 percent of their high school classes, we already are attracting more top students to UTSA's superior programs as we work toward Tier One status. I am thrilled to see where UTSA is going and how our students, faculty and alumni continue to impact the community and the world through teaching, research, business and the arts.
Join me in welcoming the UTSA Class of 2016 as they begin their four-year academic journey.
The University of Texas at San Antonio
"I am thrilled to see where UTSA is going and how our students, faculty and alumni continue to impact the community and the world through teaching, research, business and the arts."
State of the University Address
October 3, 2012
University Center Ballroom, Main Campus