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Task Force Report for the First Year Experience and Undergraduate Retention

"We can—and we must—eliminate the barriers that block student success. If we are to enhance UT Arlington, we must achieve higher levels of quality and ensure the value of our undergraduate education."
— President James D. Spaniolo, Spring 2008 University Faculty Meeting

Soon after the Spring 2008 Faculty Meeting, President Spaniolo charged Senior Vice Provost Michael Moore and the Task Force for the First Year Experience and Undergraduate Retention with investigating undergraduate student success at UT Arlington.

The Task Force was organized into three working subcommittees: First Year Seminar, Academic Success and Support and Student Engagement. Each of these committees investigated:

  • the current practices on UT Arlington
  • "best practices" at other similar institutions

and completed a gap analysis.

Recommendations from these committees were then compiled, culminating in this report:

Report: A Call for Immediate, Bold, and Sustained Efforts to Improve Student Success at UT Arlington (PDF)

Appendix A: Y1@UTA (PDF)

Appendix B: Graduation Rates Task Force Report (PDF)

Appendix C: Memorandum from James D. Spaniolo Creating the Task Force (PDF)

Appendix D: Task Force Membership, Organization, and Meetings (PDF)

Appendix E: Current UTA Programs (PDF)

Appendix F: Best Practices and Model Programs (PDF)

Appendix G: University Studies Proposal (PDF)

Appendix H: First Year Seminar Learning Objectives (PDF)