Student organizations at The University of Texas at Austin exemplify the Core Values of The University of Texas at Austin in their missions and activities. They demonstrate the importance of co-curricular involvement and provide opportunities for all students to extend their learning beyond the classroom. Student organizations host guest speakers, devote time and energy to community service and create programs that bring cultures from around the world to the Forty Acres.
Through the Pillars of the Forty Acres, the Office of the Dean of Students recognizes registered student organizations and sponsored student organizations whose activities embody the Core Values of The University of Texas at Austin. These Core Values form six categories of achievement through which registered student organizations and sponsored student organizations may receive recognition for their efforts and activities.*
To achieve Distinguished Status, students must complete 8 points of the required criteria in a single Core Value category.
To achieve Exemplary Status, students must achieve Distinguished Status in five of the six Core Value categories.
Upon completion of the criteria, registered student and sponsored student organizations will complete and submit a program reflection.
Student Organizations can log activities that occur between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. Registered student and sponsored student organizations that achieve Distinguished and Exemplary status will be recognized on their database page, on the Student Activities web site and honored publicly in April at the Evening of the Stars. There will also be cash prize drawings.
*Student organizations must be in Good Standing in order to participate in the Pillars of the Forty Acres program.
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