The University of Texas System

Institutional Initiatives

The University of Texas System is one of the nation’s largest systems of higher education, with 14 institutions that educate more than 230,000 students. Each year, UT institutions award more than one-third of all undergraduate degrees in Texas and almost two-thirds of all health professional degrees. With about 20,000 faculty – including Nobel laureates – and more than 80,000 health care professionals, researchers, student advisors and support staff, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.

The mission of UT System is to improve the human condition in Texas, our nation and our world. The System will use its size, diversity, and quality to advance education, push the bounds of discovery, enhance population health, build stronger communities and shape public policy for the common good. Producing high quality human capital with a sense of service and the ability to lead, we will pursue solutions to the problems of our state, our nation and our world. We are a state university system with global impact.

Student Success is core to the mission of UT System, and the Office of Academic Affairs works with UT System institutions to ensure that students have the support they need to access and succeed in college.

The Student Success work of the Office of Academic Affairs is organized around the beliefs that:

  1. The success of the students we serve has everything to do with the educational paths they take and life circumstances from which they come before arriving at our institutions.
  2. Every student counts — once we enroll students, it is our responsibility to meet them where they are, and help them persist and graduate with high-quality degrees, prepared for life and work in a complex, globally interdependent world.
  3. Getting more UT System students to the finish line of degree completion requires broad, cross-sector coordination and collaboration across UT institutions, which is why we have adopted the collective impact approach to student success.

The Office of Academic Affairs works with institutions to advance student success through the Texas Prospect Initiative and the Student Success Quantum Leap. Together, they embrace the continuum of student success, preK-20, and work to advance the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 60X30TX Plan.

UT System believes that every student in Texas is a prospective university student.

Together with the Student Success Quantum Leap, the Texas Prospect Initiative embraces the entire spectrum of student success, preK-20, and seeks to increase the number of students entering the college pipeline who are prepared for success in college and beyond.

Through collaboration and newly forged partnerships with institutional leaders, community leaders, the legislature, state agencies, community colleges, school districts, and other primary and secondary constituents, the System is using its size and regional access to actively engage with people across the education spectrum, from pre-kindergarten through college and into the workforce, to strengthen student achievement and improve college readiness.

UT System has and will continue to shine a spotlight on the incredible work that has been taking place at every UT System academic institution. UT System academic institutions are focused on student preparedness; raising expectations or students; identifying, implementing, and scaling programs that have been shown to move the needle on important student success metrics; and reducing achievement gaps.

UT System’s role is to provide our institutions with financial support, infrastructure support, policy guidance, space for collaboration among stakeholders, opportunities to attempt new pilot programs, and leveraging the size and impact of UT System resources to help scale effective programs. We are committed to improving the educational pipeline and equipping Texas students with the 21st century skills and acumen necessary to succeed in school, work, and life.

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