(Oct. 19, 2017) -- UTSA President Taylor Eighmy today announced the first of five initiatives he will launch this fall to support a vision for UTSA as San Antonio’s university of the future. The President’s Initiative on Student Success will take a student-centric approach to dramatically improving the university’s retention and graduation rates.
“It is no secret that student persistence is one of our most critical issues, and one that cannot be solved solely by attending to the needs of our enrolled students,” said Eighmy in an email sent today to the university community. “We must look at how UTSA can partner with the City of San Antonio to strengthen college preparedness of children in our local school districts. Likewise, it is imperative that our graduates are ready to enter the workforce with as little debt as possible and find the prosperity and professional satisfaction they deserve after earning their degree. Student success is integral to this notion of ‘cradle to career’ education.”
To fast-track this high priority initiative, Eighmy has established a 25-member Student Success Task Force and charged the group with developing an integrated plan that considers the K-12 continuum through recruitment, enrollment, academic progress, career development and placement. The Student Success Initiative will be chaired by Associate Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives in Academic Affairs Rhonda Gonzales.
The Student Success Task Force will build on the priorities and work of the university’s Coordinated and Linked Approaches to Student Success (CLASS) initiative, led by Interim Provost Mauli Agrawal. Last year, UTSA’s four-year graduation rate increased by four percent overall, and by seven percent when omitting students in the Coordinated Admission Program (CAP) with UT-Austin.
To assist the task force, UTSA has hired EAB, a highly respected firm specializing in identifying analytics-driven best practices for supporting, retaining and graduating students. Together, the task force and EAB will examine some of the best practices of model research-intensive, Hispanic-Serving Institutions such as U.C. Irvine and Arizona State University. They are expected to deliver their final report in January 2018.
In today’s email, Eighmy also shared his intention to make additional announcements in the days to come related to strategic enrollment, the university’s finance and budget model, tuition and fees, and weighted student credit hours and formula funding.
Read the October 3 email President Eighmy sent to the UTSA community about his vision for the future.
Learn more about the President’s Initiative on Student Success.
All UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open forums featuring finalist candidates for the position of vice provost and dean of the UTSA Graduate School.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The second of three in the annual holiday concert series which will feature the Chamber Singers (Santa Baby), Saxophone Ensemble (Sleigh Ride), Jazz Ensemble (Sugar Rum Cherry), Flute Ensemble and more performing holiday favorites. Admission $10.Arts Building Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
The Roadrunners close out the regular season at home against North Texas.Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
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Join the Office of Information Technology for the grand opening of the Digital Experience Lab (DEx Lab). The DEx Lab is open to the entire UTSA community and contains innovative learning tools and serves as a virtual reality lab.Applied Engineering and Technology Building (AET 0.202), Main Campus
The College of Education and Human Development’s Mexican American Studies (MAS) program will celebrate its 25thanniversary with a special celebration on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The students will perform in a showcase of modern, jazz, and ballet dances choreographed by Megan Rulewicz, Randi Miles and Michelle Pietri. Tickets are $10. Parking is free in the Cattleman's Square Lot.Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The last concert in the annual holiday music series will feature the UTSA Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and University band. Open to the public; admission $10.Arts Building Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus