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Faculty Teaching

  Fall 2000 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Point Change
Fall 2000 to
Fall 2012
33. Tenured/tenure-track faculty teaching lower-division SCH 47.4% 46.0% 43.7% - 3.7
 

Since 1996, the University has had in place a system to make the most effective use of faculty resources to meet the University's teaching mission by increasing the percent of undergraduate courses (and hence SCH) taught by tenured/tenure-track faculty. The lower-division SCH taught by these faculty has remained flat in recent years, largely attributable to budget constraints, but there is continued emphasis by the Administration to increase this percentage while simultaneously decreasing the student/faculty ratio. While other initiatives (such as graduation rate management and freshman experience) are receiving more attention than the student/faculty ratio, it is anticipated that the use of technology in the classroom will help inform new targets for a desirable S/F ratio and use of tenure/tenure-track faculty in undergraduate teaching.

Student/Faculty Ratio

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

  Fall 2000 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 % Change
Fall 2000 to
Fall 2012
FTSE FTFE Ratio FTSE FTFE Ratio FTSE FTFE Ratio
FTSE/FTFE Ratio 42,901 2,010 21:1 45,590 2,377 19:1 46,925 2,427 19:1 - 9.2% 
 

Through management of headcount enrollment and the increase in number of faculty, we are making a concerted effort to reduce the student to faculty ratio to 16:1, a level consistent with the nation's top public universities headcount ratio. This effort is evidenced in a ratio that has improved steadily from 21 to 1 in Fall 2000 to 19 to 1 in Fall 2012. Due to recent increases in enrollment beyond the targeted 48,000 students, in addition to tightening of resources under serious financial constraints, the ratio trend flattened in recent years at 19:1. While other initiatives (such as graduation rate management and freshman experience) are receiving more attention than the student/faculty ratio, it is anticipated that the use of technology in the classroom will help inform new targets for a desirable S/F ratio and use of tenure/tenure-track faculty in undergraduate teaching.

State and National Exams Success

35. Certification and licensure rates

  FY 2000 FY 2012 FY 2013 Point Change
FY 2010 to
FY 2013
Law 93.4% 92.6% 93.3% 1.6
Pharmacy 98.2% 99.2% 99.2% 0.9
Nursing 96.0% 95.5% 91.8% - 2.3
Engineering 93.8% 93.1% 91.3% 0.1
 

While the pass rate of the professional examinations in Law, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Engineering are excellent, we strive to keep these rates above 90% and to move them above 95% wherever possible.

Tenured/Tenure-Track FTE Faculty

Out-Of-State Peers   Fall 2000 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Point Change
Fall 2000 to
Fall 2012
36. Percent of FTE teaching faculty who are tenured/tenure-track 74.0% 72.8% 71.3% - 2.7
 

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 are Lecturers, Specialists, and Visiting/ Adjunct/ Clinical/ Research faculty, and they also contribute to this excellent educational experience. Those in the latter category bring their academic experience from other institutions and/or their corporate professional experience to the classroom, significantly enriching the educational experience for our students.

Quality Enhancement Plan

37. Quality Enhancement Plan, Including Reaffirmation Year

UT Austin’s QEP, Signature Courses, is an effort to strengthen the core curriculum while establishing a shared intellectual experience for students at UT Austin. The first-year signature course is designed to introduce the University’s undergraduates to academic discussion and analysis of issues of contemporary real-world importance from an interdisciplinary perspective. To that end, ALL entering freshman will experience a Signature Course at UT.
Signature courses provide students a strong foundation for college-level learning by providing them first-year access to distinguished faculty and direct instruction in important skills such as oral communication, writing, reasoning, and the interpretation of data. Signature courses also introduce first-year students to the unique resources of the university, such as libraries, research facilities, collections and museums, as well as enhance the intellectual climate on campus for first-year students through attendance and discussions of a common series of lectures.

Excellent Programs

38. Excellent Programs

Highlighted Excellent Programs 1

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 for the seventh year in a row. Additionally, continuing a now 4-year streak, the Department of Accounting swept the Public Accounting Report (PAR) Annual Professors Survey earning No. 1 rankings for our undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs.
See https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/departments/accounting/

Highlighted Excellent Programs 2

The Department of Computer Science (UTCS) is ranked as a top-ten Computer Science department nationally and produces 18% of all CS graduates from national top-tier departments and 20% of Texas CS graduates. The Perryman Group estimates that UTCS is responsible for $8.7 billion a year in regional economic activity. Faculty honors include 3 members of National Academies, 2 Turing Awards, 3 Packard Foundation fellows, and numerous prestigious teaching awards. UTCS also provides significant economic benefit to Texas and diversity in the technology field:
-66 percent of graduates stay in Texas
-17 percent Hispanic undergraduate enrollment
-47 major inventions
-22 patent applications filed
-16 commercialized technologies
See http://www.cns.utexas.edu/about/departments/computer-science


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