(Sept. 27, 2018) – UTSA Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly Andrews Espy and Interim Vice Provost for Graduate Studies and Dean of the Graduate School Can Saygin recently released the results of an external review of the Graduate School that was conducted in August.
The report outlines recommendations related to the structure of graduate education at UTSA, recruitment and admissions, graduate student funding, and the administrative structure of the Graduate School.
“Graduate education is a key component of the Research Excellence initiative with specific goals of achieving National Research University Fund (NRUF) and Carnegie R1 status,” said Saygin. “This review helped identify opportunities to improve processes and enhance collaboration among the entities that touch graduate education. Fundamental to all the recommendations is the need to build a service-oriented model and student-focused culture to ensure that all our processes and polices are aligned properly with our goals of increasing enrollment, retention, and timely graduation, which are the key performance indicators for student success for both undergraduate and graduate education.”
Notable among the recommendations:
“We already have taken a critical initial step, which was supported by this external review, with the recent restructuring of the Graduate School, specifically in aligning the related functions of recruitment and admissions under one area as strategic enrollment,” said Espy. “The report also noted that the recent adaption of tools including the degree audit system Degree Works and the customer relationship management system Salesforce will improve processes and communication, both for the benefit of our current and prospective students, as well as the faculty and staff who support them.
“With those steps well under way and with the other recommendations of the external review, we can build a well-defined, comprehensive plan toward realizing our goals for both the Graduate School and the university.”
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