The University of Texas at Austin is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the regional accrediting organization for eleven states in the southeastern United States. Reaffirmation of accreditation is on a ten-year schedule, and the University was last reaccredited in 1998.
Our office supports the college in its efforts to demonstrate compliance with accreditation standards in three ways:
1) We collect and report data on student progress toward the core educational objectives for mathematics and science.
2) We collect and report data on student progress toward the stated objectives of each undergraduate degree program in the college.
3) We provide guidance to faculty and staff who are collecting and reporting data on students in graduate programs.
Please feel free to contact Dr. Cathy Stacy at
or 512-232-0697 if you have questions or need assistance.
TracDat is the web-based system used for recording accreditation data. All undergraduate and graduate advisors should have access to TracDat. Please contact Cindy Cruz (
) if you need access to the system.
Undergraduate Plan Template
The College is using a common template for recording data on undergraduate degree programs. The template is tailored to each specific degree program by the faculty in the department. The three common outcomes for undergraduates and the corresponding methods of data collection are described below.
1) Outcome 1: Understanding Core Principles
Each department identifies three core concepts that they expect all majors to know and we collect data from courses in which this knowledge is assessed.
2) Outcome 2: Conducting Research
For each major, we report on the quality of students' research skills and their understanding of the research process as assessed through the Freshman Research Initiative, the college's annual Research Forum and participation rates in undergraduate research.
3) Outcome 3: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
For each major, we report progress on calculus readiness, core course exams and the graduation assessment.