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Dr. Lawrence Williams

Lawrence Williams

Vice Provost and Dean of University College


University College is home to the Air Force ROTC, the Army ROTC, Testing Services, the Tomás Rivera Center, the Office of Undergraduate Studies Support and Technology Services, the University Health Professions Office, the Writing Program, Multidisciplinary Studies, Institute for Law and Public Affairs, Core Curriculum & QEP, and the academic advising community.

University College is in the process of the planning the implementation of the First-Year Experience Initiative. The First-Year Experience Initiative was conceived in the Report of the Freshman Experience Task Force and is a strategy that appears in the Four-Year Graduation Rate Improvement Plan (GRIP) which the university is in the process of implementing. When the First-Year Experience Initiative is implemented beginning Fall Semester 2014, all first-time in college students including freshmen, all students with undecided majors, and certain pre-majors will be members of the University College.

Undergraduate Studies. University College will also operate as the university office of undergraduate studies continuing to manage academic matters that were handled by the former Office of Undergraduate Studies, which include the coordination of the undergraduate curriculum, and handling academic processes and receiving student appeals that require action beyond the level of the college deans.


The Air Force ROTC provides opportunities for students to become commissioned officers in the United States Air Force.


The Army ROTC provides opportunities for students to become commissioned officers in the United States Army.


Testing Services provides exceptional assessment of our student's achievements.


The Tomás Rivera Center provides innovative student support services and outstanding academic advising for a certain population of at-risk students.


The Academic Advising Community provides first-rate academic advisement for our undergraduates.


The University Health Professions Office provides outstanding support for students wishing to pursue careers in the health professions.


The Institute for Law and Public Affairs implements a prelaw program to enhance a pre-law educational opportunities and increase the number of Texas students who gain admission to and excel in high quality law schools.


The Writing Program offers the writing courses that fulfill the requirements of the university's core curriculum and assists our students in developing and polishing their writing skills.


The Associate Vice Provost provides administrative oversight and support for the implementation and assessment of the university's Core Curriculum and Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).


The Bachelor of Arts degree in Multidisciplinary Studies is a multidisciplinary degree which allows students much flexibility in designing degree programs that relate to their personal academic and career goals.