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The University of Texas at Austin Universities Performance
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Excellence - Key Measures

Faculty Teaching

  Fall 2000 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Point Change
Fall 2000 to
Fall 2014
33. Tenured/tenure-track faculty teaching lower-division SCH 47.4% 41.9% 45.6% - 1.8

Student/Faculty Ratio

34. Full-time student equivalents (FTSE) divided by full-time equivalent (FTE) faculty.

  Fall 2000 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 % Change
Fall 2000 to
Fall 2014
FTSE/FTFE Ratio 42,901 2,010 21:1 46,817 2,454 19:1 46,043 2,461 19:1 - 12.1% 

State and National Exams Success

35. Certification and licensure rates

  FY 2000 FY 2014 FY 2015 Point Change
FY 2012 to
FY 2015
Law 93.4% 93.3% 89.4% - 3.2
Pharmacy 98.2% 97.7% 95.4% - 3.8
Nursing 96.0% 94.3% 96.4% 0.9
Engineering 93.8% 93.4% 93.2% 0.1

Success in state and national exams are key indicators of the University meeting its obligations to its students. While the pass rate of the professional examinations in Law, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Engineering are excellent compared to peer institutions, the institution strives to keep these rates above 90% and to improve the rates to points above 95% wherever possible.

Tenured/Tenure-Track FTE Faculty

Out-Of-State Peers   Fall 2000 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Point Change
Fall 2000 to
Fall 2014
36. Percent of FTE teaching faculty who are tenured/tenure-track 74.0% 70.1% 70.1% - 3.9

UT Austin remains committed to providing full-time permanent faculty support for an excellent educational experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Other teaching faculty members include Lecturers, Specialists, Visiting, Adjunct, Clinical, and Research instructors. These faculty members also provide important contributions to the educational experience of our students. They typically bring alternative academic or professional experience to the classroom, which often provides valuable perspectives that enriches the educational experiences in significant ways.

Quality Enhancement Plan

37. Quality Enhancement Plan, Including Reaffirmation Year

UT Austin’s 2008-2014 Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) focused on innovative course offerings to students. The Signature Courses Program was developed to strengthen the University’s core curriculum and establish a shared intellectual experience for students. Signature Courses rely on distinguished faculty members who draw from interdisciplinary perspectives to introduce undergraduates to rigorous academic discussion and analysis of contemporary, real-world importance. As part of the University’s 2008 accreditation process, this QEP was implemented and institutionalized over a five-year period. Currently, the Signature Course Program is well integrated into University processes. With its 2014 accreditation interim report, UT Austin has completed the Signature Course QEP project, and accreditors commended the institution for its work, stating that the QEP “was particularly strong in its broad significance and impact on student learning”. The University has begun discussing its next QEP, which will commence in 2018.

Excellent Programs

38. Excellent Programs

Highlighted Excellent Programs 1

UT Austin has many nationally-ranked programs that serve many of Texas’ students. The McCombs School's Department of Accounting is renowned for its innovative teachers and world-renowned researchers, who infuse the curriculum with cutting-edge ideas. Advice from executives on the Department of Accounting Advisory Council adds valuable perspective gleaned from years of working in the field. The McCombs School of Business undergraduate accounting degree program is once again ranked number one by US News & World Report from 1994-2007, then again from 2009-2015. See https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/departments/accounting/

Highlighted Excellent Programs 2

The University of Texas at Austin Department of Computer Science (UTCS) is ranked as a top-ten computer science department nationally and is the only top-ten computer science department within 1,000 miles of Austin, TX. UTCS Faculty boast many awards including 2 Turing Awards, 9 University Service Awards, and 47 major inventions. For more see http://www.cs.utexas.edu/about

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