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UT System-funded Institutional Projects

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UT System-funded Institutional Projects

In February 2017, the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved $10 million to be awarded to University of Texas academic universities in support of former Chancellor McRaven's Student Success Quantum Leap.

Five University of Texas institutions were awarded $8.2 million to fund innovative campus-based projects designed to enhance 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 leadership.

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 student success framework, focused on Finances, Advising, and Belonging.

 

Graduation Help Desk Keystone Project

As part of the $10 million allocated by the Board of Regents, each of UT System's eight academic institutions also received 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 was awarded to fund 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.

 

Learn more about each institution's Graduation Help Desk below: