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    Two UT System executive police officers named finalists for prestigious national award

    Posted by UT System

    on Monday, January 14, 2013

    Two executive police officers from The University of Texas System are among16 nationwide finalists for the 2012 Director of the Year award, a prestigious recognition sponsored by Campus Safety magazine. 

    UT Dallas researchers teach students how to better process information

    Posted by UT System

    on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

    In a recent interview with The Dallas Morning News, Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., founder and chief director of the Center for Brain Health at The University of Texas at Dallas and author of the new book "Make Your Brain Smarter," discusses research she and her colleagues are conducting into how the brain develops. Based on their findings, Chapman’s team has identified strategies to train students how to better process information.

    UT Arlington scientists program robots to treat autism

    Posted by UT System

    on Thursday, January 3, 2013

    Scientists at The University of Texas at Arlington have teamed with colleagues at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, the Dallas Autism Treatment Center, Texas Instruments, and Hanson Robotics in Plano to create lifelike robots to diagnose and treat children suffering from autism spectrum disorders.  

    Michener grad's debut among best of 2012

    Posted by UT System

    on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

    Kevin Powers, a 2012 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin's Michener Center for Writers , has written one of the best books of 2012, according to  The New York Times  and  The Guardian . Powers' debut novel, "The Yellow Birds," is about the connected but diverging fates of two young soldiers in the Iraq War.

    A historic day for South Texas

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Monday, December 17, 2012

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    Thursday, December 6, was a historic day for The University of Texas System. The Board of Regents granted me the authority to work with the Texas Legislature to create a new university in the Rio Grande Valley.

    A November to remember

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    Early in November, I attended the memorial service for Coach Darrell Royal at UT Austin’s Frank Erwin Center. A thousand friends and fans were there to pay tribute to the legendary football coach. Among many wonderful accomplishments, he will be remembered for his three national championships and the innovative wishbone offense. We also honor him because he was the first football coach in the country to hire an academic counselor and provide academic support services for student-athletes.

    Recap of regents' Nov.14-15 meeting

    Posted by UT System

    on Friday, November 16, 2012

    The University of Texas System Board of Regents discussed and took action on several agenda items on November 14 and 15. Highlights of the meeting include:

    • The Board authorized the establishment of a scholarship endowment to honor Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa. “Each year that Dr. Cigarroa has served as chancellor, the Board of Regents has voted to award him a salary increase. And each year, the chancellor has declined that increase,” said Chairman Gene Powell. “We are honored to have the opportunity to reward Chancellor Cigarroa for his exceptional work in a way that is truly valuable to him.” The scholarship endowment will support students attending the new medical school in South Texas.
    • The Regents approved a plan to consolidate the UT System Administration offices, currently located in five antiquated buildings, into one modern, highly efficient office building on property already owned by the UT System in downtown Austin. Cost savings are projected to average between $2 million and $8 million per year over the next three decades. Aggressively seeking savings in operation costs and reinvesting those savings in Texas students is a primary focus of the Framework for Advancing Excellence. 
    • An amendment of the Regents' Rules and Regulations adding a Milestone Agreement Form between Ph.D. students and their department. Starting Fall 2013, students seeking a Ph.D. at System institutions will sign tailored agreements with their departments that specify when they are expected to graduate and when they are expected to reach required academic milestones. It’s an important step in ensuring doctoral students receive their degrees in an efficient and timely manner. The new agreement promises to enhance academic advising for Ph.D. students and emphasizes a considerable responsibility on advisors to guide students through the program.    
    • The Regents took an important step to battle alcohol and drug abuse by approving the establishment of Collegiate Recovery Centers at eight of the System’s nine academic institutions. UT Austin is already home to the Center for Students in Recovery (CSR) and is a national leader in the burgeoning collegiate recovery movement and will lead the implementation of the new campus centers. “The Board of Regents has a sincere interest in ensuring the success of its students both in and out of the classroom,” said Steve Hicks, Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents. “We are profoundly grateful to UT Austin and its Center for Students in Recovery for leading an effort to implement more recovery programs across all campuses. And we are incredibly proud of our students who seek support and help when they need it.” 
    • The Regents created two task forces to study and make recommendations to the board on issues important to system institutions: the Task Force on Best Practices Regarding Affiliated Foundation Relationships and the Joint Engineering Education Task Force. Chairman Powell also asked the chairs of the board’s Facilities Planning and Construction Committee and Academic Affairs Committee to work together to review the design process for facilities. The Regents
      want to be sure that new buildings are being designed for classes of the 21st Century and technology needs and changing space requirements are taken into consideration. “It is critical to be sure new academic facilities are built for the future, not the traditional past” Powell said.

    Medical school coming to UT Austin

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Thursday, November 8, 2012

    A new UT medical school is on its way! On Tuesday night, voters in Travis County gave an emphatic endorsement for a medical school at The University of Texas at Austin by approving Proposition 1, signaling their support for both a UT Austin school of medicine and creating an essential healthcare safety net in the Austin community.

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    Advancing Texas

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Monday, October 22, 2012

    In late August, as students were arriving on UT campuses across the state to begin the fall semester, I updated the Board of Regents – and the public – on our first full year of progress in implementing the Action Plan of the Framework for Advancing Excellence throughout the UT System.

    As you know, the Action Plan is focused on nine overarching goals, including improving undergraduate student access and success, enhancing efficiencies and productivity, transforming medical education and much more. We are proud of the many advancements made over the past year at all 15 UT System institutions. We will continue to use the Action Plan as our guidepost to become the best among our national peers.  

    UT System joins edX

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Friday, October 19, 2012

    Last week, by unanimous vote, the Regents approved our partnership with three of the nation’s most prestigious universities – MIT, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley – in an online initiative that will enrich the educational experiences of our students, help them graduate on time, and lower the cost curve of a college education. 

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