3.1 Action Item: Strengthen and expand our undergraduate recruitment and admissions efforts, and include financial aid package as necessary.
Status: In Progress
- The Office of Admissions has increased efforts to strategically secure timely contact information for our underrepresented prospects. These leads enable earlier, direct outreach, which is particularly beneficial for this population of students.
- Recruitment efforts within the Office of Admissions have been substantiated with the assistance of two student groups: Texas Student Recruiters and University Leadership Network Fellows. With the assistance of current students and recent graduates, our underrepresented admits receive guidance and mentorship to assist in the transition to UT.
- The Office of Admissions has developed print and digital communications to provide information that is tailored to underrepresented populations. These communications are designed to create a welcoming an inviting enrollment experience, and ensure that prospective students and families have access to information about underrepresented student groups and campus resources.
- The Office of Admissions created multiple opportunities for underrepresented admits to connect with successful underrepresented alumni, thereby providing a unique community building opportunities. In addition, spring recruitment events were added to connect underrepresented alumni and students of color to welcome our new students to the Longhorn community and facilitate a stronger connection to campus among students and their families.
- The Office of Enrollment Management and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement have a partnership related to recruiting students from underserved backgrounds whereby the Interim Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement and staff from the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence, along with Office of Admissions staff members visit underserved schools around the state, often holding evening or weekend sessions so that families of students may attend
3.2 Action Item: Connect all undergraduate students who would benefit with academic success programs.
Status: In Progress
- The University has made significant progress ensuring all students receive the academic support they need to be successful. Identifying the students who are most at risk of struggling with persistence is a crucial step in increasing student success. Predictive analytics calculate the likelihood of graduation in four years for every admitted first-year student based on more than a decade of historical academic and demographic student data. Prior to their arrival at orientation, each student is connected to the appropriate academic learning community (i.e. success program) that also provides a social community and sense of belonging when they arrive on their first day on campus. The Student Program Database (SPD) provides an online tool for the colleges and schools to manage their rosters of students assigned to success programs and identifies unassigned students so that they can be invited to participate in a program.
- As part of the University’s actions to improve graduation rates for all students, success programs were expanded or new ones were created starting in 2013. The success programs serve approximately 25 percent of the incoming freshman class. The combined rosters totaled about 2,000 students in 2017, roughly twice as many students as they did in 2012. Programs now include Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (TIP) Scholars in the College of Natural Sciences, Discovery Scholars in the School of Undergraduate Studies, Foundation Scholars in the College of Liberal Arts, McCombs Success Scholars in the McCombs School of Business, and Ramshorn Scholars in the Cockrell School of Engineering. Two new success programs in the College of Education and Moody College of Communication will start in fall 2018. Students in other colleges are served by Gateway Scholars, a success program managed in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.
- Students in STEM majors receive supplemental instruction and tutoring in their college- based programs in the College of Natural Sciences and the Cockrell School of Engineering. The Gateway Scholars program also provides STEM tutoring focused on students in the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence and have now opened it to other students on a space-available basis.
- A new STEM Learning Area was created in the Perry–Castañeda Library to provide a central location for STEM tutoring and support for all students.
3.3 Action Item: Review holistic admissions process to achieve a level of enrollment whereby students from underrepresented groups no longer feel isolated.
Status: On Target
- The Office of Admissions is engaged in a review of the admissions holistic review process and recruitment practices and programs. Admissions will continue to work closely with university attorneys and campus partners as this work progresses.
3.4 Action Item: Identify and remove barriers for high-demand majors and the University’s honors programs.
- The Office of Enrollment Management’s internal transfer committee is currently reviewing university policies and procedures related to high-demand majors. The Office of Enrollment Management is also creating a new web page to serve as a central information platform for prospective students interested in honors program. OEM will collaborative with the CSUs as this work progresses.
3.5 Action Item: Inform and expose diverse undergraduate students to graduate school and professional schools.
Status: In Progress
- Several programs within the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence such as the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, Intellectual Entrepreneurship, and Discover Law expose students to undergraduate research and mentorship with graduate students, professionals, and faculty members. Approximately 200 diverse undergraduates, many of whom are first-generation college students, participate in these programs each academic year.
- Two new Campus-to-Career programs are being planned in the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence: one in Pre-Pharmacy and one in Pre-Health.
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