As I said in my recent report to the UT community, we need to improve our four-year graduation rates. Doing so will save the state and Texas families millions of dollars annually, and enable the University to accommodate more of the outstanding students who want to attend UT. In my May 9 address, I challenged all of us to deepen our commitment to this goal.
Today I am announcing the formation of a task force on graduation rates. It will be chaired by Randy Diehl, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. I have invited eight faculty members in addition to Dean Diehl and five students to serve on the task force, and I’ll share their names as soon as I receive confirmation.
I have asked the task force to submit a report and recommendations by December.
We have great students and great faculty, and our four-year graduation rates should be among the highest in the nation. Although our graduation rates are the highest in the state, we should not be satisfied until they are among the very best. Together we will make this happen.
Task Force on Undergraduate Graduation Rates:
Dr. Randy Diehl, Task Force Chair
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
Dr. Rowena Fong, Professor
School of Social Work
Dr. Robert Gilbert, Professor
Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering
Dr. Beverly Hadaway, Associate Professor
Department of Finance
Dr. Brent Iverson, Professor and Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Dr. Charles Ramirez-Berg, Professor
Department of Radio-Television-Film
Dr. Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, Associate Professor
Department of English
Dr. Mary Steinhardt, Professor
Department of Kinesiology and Health
Dr. Philip Uri Treisman, Professor,
Department of Mathematics
Ms. Shannon Allport
Biology/Premed, Predental, Preveterinary
Mr. Gilberto Ortega-Rivera,
Ms. Ilse Quijano
Comm. Studies / Political Comm.
Mr. Francisco Tamayo
Mr. Wesley Williams