Quantum Leap Projects
Quantum Leap Institutional Projects
In February 2017, the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved $10M to be awarded to University of Texas academic universities in support of Chancellor McRaven's Quantum Leap on Student Success .
Through a competitive process, the UT's academic institutions prepared grant proposals in response to a Request for Proposals. Grants were evaluated by higher education experts outside of Texas as well as UT System reviewers, including Regent Sara Martinez Tucker, Deputy Chancellor David E. Daniel and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Rebecca Karoff.
Proposals were evaluated based on the case they made for momentous change, that is, projects that would take bold, outcomes-focused, data-driven, and sustainable approaches to student success with new or scaled-up initiatives with proven track records. Additionally, all proposals addressed one or more of three research-identified pillars that form the foundation of the System's initiative to Make a Quantum Leap in Student Success: Finances, Advising and Belonging.
- The University of Texas at San Antonio will receive two awards: $635,909 for Project LEAD/Leadership, Engagement, Academics, and Dedication: Onboarding and Bridging to Improve Student Success, Retention and Graduation; and $2.97 million for the UTSA Emporium Math Core Curriculum Redesign and Scale-Up: STEM and Business.
- The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley will receive $1.6 million for Focusing on Student Success: College-Based Success Teams and Student Compacts.
- The University of Texas at Tyler will receive $803,234 to support OnCourse: A suite of course-level supports to increase first-year GPA and retention of first-time, full-time freshmen at UT Tyler.
- The University of Texas at Dallas will receive $1 million for Student Engagement through Collaboration, Mentorship and Service Learning.
- The University of Texas at El Paso will receive $1.2 million to implement a new Post-Traditional Holistic Advising Model.
Graduation Help Desk Keystone Project
As part of the $10 million allocated by the Board of Regents in February, each of UT's eight academic institutions will also receive funding to support Graduation Help Desks, which are one-stop shops (virtual or brick and mortar) for students who encounter barriers in the path to timely graduation and have nowhere else to turn.
A total of almost $1.7 million will provide dedicated staff and infrastructure to help students graduate on time by connecting them to the right people and resources across campus. Modeled after a successful program at The University of Texas at Austin, these centralized help desks allow institutions to identify barriers to graduation that might not otherwise be recognized by individual departments or colleges.