In 2011, the University of Texas System committed to address Ph.D. students' time-to-completion. In 2012, the Board of Regents approved use of a standard, system-wide Milestones Agreement template to be tailored for each doctoral program’s unique requirements. The purpose of the form is to provide students with a timeline and list of academic milestones to be met while earning their Ph.D. degrees.
Students seeking a Ph.D. at UT System institutions sign, with their departments, agreements providing the expected timelines for the attainment of their academic milestones and graduation.
Milestones tracking is done via the Graduate Coordinator Desktop tools in EASI.