What does it mean when we talk about access to excellence in higher education? At UTSA, access means commitment to student success, which includes opening doors to students in Bexar County and beyond, and providing support to ensure they graduate. A new initiative is setting higher expectations for on-time graduation for all our students, as other top universities are doing across the country.
I am appreciative of the work by Provost John Frederick and his university-wide team on the UTSA four-year Graduation Rate Improvement Plan. Announced in December 2011, the plan will help us move forward on the path to Tier One status.
The core of the plan is for 25 percent of students admitted in 2021 to graduate in four years with more than 60 percent graduating in six years. While more than 5,000 UTSA students completed their degrees last year, it is imperative that we work together to ensure every student graduates on time.
Our Graduation Rate Improvement Plan, which I hope you will review, includes:
Success will ensure that we better educate our students and better prepare our future workforce. To best support these goals, watch for information about the UTSA Capital Campaign, which will launch April 12.
- An enhanced freshman experience to keep students in school through graduation,
- Additional support for four-year degree plans,
- Targeted financial aid incentives,
- Expansion of faculty and advising staff, and
- Increased admission standards.
There is much work ahead, but as I have seen often, our community will come together to help UTSA achieve student success and premier research status. I am grateful for the support we have received, and as a result of this, no other university in San Antonio or South Texas educates, empowers and impacts more people, and provides more exceptional, world-class opportunities.
We are UTSA.
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"There is much work ahead, but as I have seen often, our community will come together to help UTSA achieve student success and premier research status."