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Rebecca Karoff Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Texas System

Dr. Rebecca Karoff joined the University of Texas System in February 2016 as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.  With more than 25 years working in public higher education at the system level, first in Wisconsin and now in Texas, she is dedicated to utilizing the power of the system as a catalyst for quality educational attainment, equity, innovation, and transformation in the 21st-century global society.

Dr. Karoff is responsible for leading and supporting student success initiatives systemwide.  Her work addresses the student success continuum, PK-20 and into the workforce, and recognizes the remarkable responsibility and opportunity of the University of Texas System to achieve more equitable access and outcomes for the state’s increasingly diverse students.  She is the primary architect of the UT System’s student success framework and collaborates with institutional colleagues across the UT System to ensure student financial well-being, effective advising, and students’ sense of academic and social belonging.  She is the PI on grants from the Lumina and Trellis Foundations to fund the Equitable Student Pathways Project, that aims to improve student success at each of the UT System’s nine academic institutions, combining the power of data with a proven change model to design new curricular pathways to support more students to enter and complete quality degree programs.

Her work includes leadership of the UT System’s momentum-building strategy on Open Educational Resources (OER), expanding professional development to support advisors and advising excellence, and working with faculty to embrace their roles in student success.  All her work is data-informed, student-centered and quality-driven, and she is interested in expanded approaches to measuring student success.


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