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Read the latest news and information as it relates to enrollment and graduation management at The University of Texas at Austin.

Kill the grading curve?
June 18, 2014 – The success of the strategies being developed at UT-Austin to help at-risk students raises another question about the curve: If more disadvantaged students are now passing, will instructors need to find other students to fail?....

Behind the Cover Story: Paul Tough on Keeping College Kids in College | The New York Times | By Jeannie Choi
May 19, 2014 – Paul Tough wrote this week’s cover story about an experiment at the University of Texas to close the graduation gap between advantaged and disadvantaged students....

Who Gets to Graduate? | The New York Times | By Paul Tough
May 15, 2014 – Read an in-depth article by The New York Times' Paul Tough featuring the University of Texas’ work to increase graduation rates for Longhorns like Vanessa Brewer...

Under Cover: Strength in Numbers | The New York Times | By Rachel Nolan
May 15, 2014 – This week’s New York Times Magazine cover story is about an innovative student-retention program at the University of Texas at Austin. For the accompanying cover image, the magazine recruited Bill McCullough, an Austin-based photographer, to shoot 24 students from the program....

Registration order to be based on degree progress instead of credit hours starting April
February 23, 2014 – When students register for fall classes starting in April, registration-access time will be determined by how close students are to completing their degree — not their classification..

Fall Enrollment Report Indicates Improvements in Recruitment and Retention
September 17, 2013 – Strategic admissions recruiting and retention efforts are paying off for The University of Texas at Austin, according to preliminary enrollment
numbers for fall 2013...

Thoughts About online Courses in a 21st Century Education on the 40 Acres (PDF)
September 16, 2013 – There is certainly no topic in higher education that is getting more ink than how technology fits into the equation, I’d like to offer my take with respect to online courses in a 21st century education on the 40 Acres...

UT strives to improve four-year graduation rates
August 5, 2013 – As freshmen take the first steps into their college careers this month, a team stretching across every inch of campus is aggressively working to make sure students graduate from UT in four years...

UT Austin to Expand Blended Learning Offerings to Improve Student Success and First-Year Experience
May 28, 2013 – The University of Texas at Austin will add five courses to its Course Transformation Program. The additions — in history, calculus, statistics, government and classics — will bring to 14 the number of large, lower-division gateway courses that have been redesigned...

Freshman Class of 2016 Demonstrates Improved Performance in Fall Semester
April 8, 2013 – Undergraduate students in this year's freshman class at The University of Texas at Austin are showing performance gains compared with freshman cohorts in past years, including a 98.5 percent retention rate from fall to spring semester...

UT Austin and ACC Launch a Co-Enrollment Program for Incoming Freshmen
March 1, 2013 – The University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College have announced they will offer a co-enrollment program to freshmen that will enable qualifying students the chance to earn an associate degree from ACC and guaranteed admission to UT Austin to earn a bachelor's degree...

Nine Massive Open Online Courses to be Offered by The University of Texas at Austin
Feb. 11, 2013 Students around the globe will have the opportunity to participate in nine dynamic massive open online courses (MOOCs) to be offered by The University of Texas at Austin during the 2013-14 academic year...

New Financial Aid Programs to Encourage Four-year Graduation
Feb. 6, 2013 The University of Texas at Austin is introducing new financial aid programs that encourage four-year graduation rates among student populations who have historically been less likely to graduate in four years...

Alternative Diploma Option Offers Chance for High-Achieving Texas Students to Graduate Early
Dec. 20, 2012 High-achieving Texas high school students will have the opportunity to graduate up to a year ahead of schedule under a first of its kind program being piloted by The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University...

University Launches New Tools to Help Answer ‘What’s Your Major?’ for Prospective Students
Nov. 19, 2012 As part of the university’s initiative to improve four-year graduation rates, The University of Texas at Austin has launched a set of interactive tools to help prospective students evaluate their readiness for college-level instruction and select a major...

Pilot Program Aims to Increase Four-Year Graduation Rates and Reduce Student Loan Debt
Oct. 4, 2012 The University of Texas at Austin is testing a program to measure whether students can be encouraged to complete their degrees quickly by offering them forgiveness of the most expensive loans they must borrow to attend the university...

New Study Confirms Benefits of a Research University to Student Success
May 30, 2012 About 89 percent of all undergraduate students and 94 percent of seniors participate in some type of research while at The University of Texas at Austin, according to a new study released this month from the Office of Assessment for the university’s Division of Student Affairs...

Graduation Rate Champion Appointed at The University of Texas at Austin
May 8, 2012 As part of a strategic plan to increase its four-year graduation rate, The University of Texas at Austin has appointed a graduation rate champion to oversee its efforts to streamline the undergraduate experience and remove institutional roadblocks to timely graduation...

The University of Texas at Austin Releases Blueprint to Raising Graduation Rates Within Five Years
Feb. 15, 2012 The key to raising four-year graduation rates at The University of Texas at Austin is enhancing freshman orientation and the first-year experience to better emphasize academics and improving advising and student tracking, according to a newly released task force report...


Task Force Reports and Recommendations

In 2011, President Bill Powers appointed the Task Force on Undergraduate Graduation Rates to develop strategies to ensure 70 percent of undergraduate students earn their degrees within four years by 2016. As a result, the task force spent six months interviewing students, faculty and advisers, reviewing data trends and studying other successful universities.

In February 2012, the task force released its report with more than 60 specific recommendations. Read the task force reports and recommendations below.

Recommendations Overview

Recommendations Full Report (PDF)

Report of the Task Force on Enrollment Strategy, 2003 (PDF)

Report of the Task Force on Curricular Reform, 2005 (PDF)

Report of the Second Task Force on Enrollment Strategy, 2009 (PDF)