(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.
The kickoff to Roadrunner Days, the UTSA community welcomes the thousands of students who move in to their new homes as they begin their journey at UTSA.Various residence halls, Main Campus
This come and go session allows Roadrunners and their families to explore all the great things the UTSA Libraries offers to help students succeed. Join a group on a quest through the library for a chance at prizes and enjoy some ice cream.John Peace Library, Main Campus
Fast Action Trivia is a game where participants interact with fellow Roadrunners to test their brain skills while learning some interesting things about UTSA and have a chance to win actual cash money!Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
This UTSA tradition is a fun, engaging opportunity for Roadrunners to learn about the facilities, recreation programs and wellness services offered at the Main and Downtown Campuses while also enjoying tons of games and activities with new and old friends.Recreation and Wellness Center Texas Room (RWC 2.214) and San Antonio Room (RWC 2.218), Main Campus
The UTSA Ambassadors are here to help students find their classes before the first day of school! Bring your class schedule to the UTSA Ambassadors table in the Student Union Ski Lodge (near Chili’s Too!), and they will help you navigate the campus to find your classes.Student Union Ski Lodge (SU 1.01.00), Main Campus
Kickback at the Union is a welcome back event for new and returning Roadrunners. Come relax and learn about the Student Union, enjoy free food, games, photo booth, and a chance to connect with each department in the Union. Arrive early for free t-shirt and stay late for a movie.Student Union Paseo and Buildings, Main Campus
Following Kickback, stick around the Union for a free screening of Avengers Infinity Wars.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Honors College welcomes its new freshmen with a breakfast, meet and greet with Honors College administrators, faculty, staff and peers and an opportunity to learn about the experiences they will have with the Honors College.Student Union Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus