Campus Life

Student Success Seminar March 24

March 14, 2017

By Shana Hutchins, Texas A&M College of Science

Dr. David A. Laude, professor of Chemistry and Senior Vice Provost for Enrollment and Curricular Services at The University of Texas at Austin, will visit the Texas A&M University campus later this month to deliver a campus-wide seminar on student success.

David Laude
David Laude (Photo: UT-Austin)

Laude, a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and former interim dean of the College of Natural Sciences who is known as the “graduation champion” at UT, will present “Student Success Initiatives” on Friday, March 24, from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in the Stephen W. Hawking Auditorium within the George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute for Fundamental Physics and Astronomy.

Registration is required for the event, which is free and open to the public, thanks to generous underwriting provided by the Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE).

The seminar also will be live streamed at (Stream 6). From the TTVN homepage,, click on the “Live Streams (Webcasts)” link at the top of the page, then click on the “Stream 6 — Scheduled Live Webcasts” link. For technical assistance with any TTVN Live Webcast, please call TTVN Operations at (979) 862-2241 or visit

Timothy P. Scott, assistant provost for undergraduate studies at Texas A&M and a co-director of the CMSE, notes that the University of Texas and Texas A&M have similar goals as the state of Texas’ two flagship institutions, including a commitment to the state and its citizens to decrease both time to graduation and student loan debt. He says he looks forward to Laude sharing his strategies and lessons learned at UT, which has increased its four-year graduation rates by 10 percentage points during a five-year period, thanks in large part to Laude’s proven leadership.

“Under Dr. Laude’s leadership, retention and four-year graduation rates are higher than ever at UT,” Scott said. “His approach is holistic in nature, focusing on recruitment, admissions, first-year experiences, gateway course pass rates, year-to-year retention and barriers to timely graduation. We are indeed fortunate to have a fellow research-intensive campus within the state share best practices and lessons learned regarding efforts in areas that concern all institutions of higher education.”

Laude has been a member of The University of Texas faculty since 1987. Prior to joining the Executive Vice President and Provost’s Office in 2012, Laude was associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Natural Sciences from 1997 to 2010. In 2010, he was named senior associate dean for academic affairs and then served as interim dean from 2011 to 2012, at which point he became senior vice provost.

As an administrator in the College of Natural Sciences, Laude was instrumental in the development of the UTeach program, the Texas Interdisciplinary Plan and the Freshman Research Initiative. Among his many teaching awards, he is recipient of the Jean M. Holloway Award for Teaching Excellence, the David W. Blunk Memorial Professorship and the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship. He is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Laude earned his doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of California at Riverside in 1984. His research focuses on analytical mass spectrometry, and he has received both Beckman Young Investigator and National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Awards.

For additional information about Laude and the Student Success Initiatives, visit

To learn more about the Texas A&M Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMSE), go to

Media contact: Shana Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or or Timothy P. Scott, (979) 845-4016 or

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