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    UT System Board of Regents meeting Feb. 13 and 14

    Posted by UT System

    on Thursday, February 14, 2013

    The University of Texas System February Board of Regents meeting is under way in Austin. Watch the meeting online or follow UT System on Twitter for breaking news. Access more information about the meeting here.

    Board committee endorses UT Austin request to name ROTC program after Steindam

    Posted by UT System

    on Thursday, February 14, 2013

    On Wednesday, The UT System Board of Regents' Academic Affairs Committee endorsed a request by UT Austin to seek approval from the U.S. Army to name UT Austin’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program as the “Russell A. Steindam Army ROTC.”

    Texas Education commissioner, UT Regents chairman pledge to work together

    Posted by UT System

    on Thursday, February 14, 2013

    Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams told Regents this morning that the state has made vast improvements in improving K-12 learning over the last 20 years, but “we still have a long way to go before we can say we’re actually getting all of our kids ready for college.”

    Michael Williams (center).

    Two UT Austin professors receive National Medal of Science

    Posted by UT System

    on Wednesday, February 6, 2013

    Two University of Texas at Austin professors were awarded the National Medal of Science by President Obama during a Feb. 1 ceremony at the White House. Allen J. Bard, Ph.D., director of the Center for Electrochemistry, and John Goodenough, Ph.D., P.E., professor of mechanical engineering and materials science, were among 12 distinguished researchers who received the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government upon scientists and engineers.

    “Historic day” at the Capitol sets South Texas university in motion

    Posted by UT System

    on Monday, February 4, 2013

    University leaders and the Rio Grande Valley delegation of legislators celebrated the key first step to making a South Texas university a reality: filing both the House and Senate bills that will establish the UT System’s newest institution.

    Dell Foundation supports UT med school

    Posted by UT System

    on Thursday, January 31, 2013

    "This gift truly saves lives," said Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, in response to the Jan. 30 announcement by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation of a $50 million committment to establish the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.

    “Investments in medical education, biomedical research and health care touch all citizens. Nobody has done more for the people of Central Texas than Michael and Susan Dell. Their generosity not only benefits UT, it also lifts up our entire community.” 

    TIME well spent: UT System program aims to reduce debt for medical students

    Posted by UT System

    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

    A group of UT Dallas freshmen are participating in one of The University of Texas System’s Transformation in Medical Education (TIME) pilot programs that links medical schools with four-year colleges to reduce the financial burden for students seeking a medical degree.

    Chancellor testifies before Senate Finance Committee

    Posted by UT System

    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

    The Texas Legislature, which meets every two years, is back in session and that means that UT System officials will be venturing into the State Capitol on a regular basis to answer questions from lawmakers and discuss higher education priorities, challenges and opportunities.

    Report recommendations have potential to generate $490 million for UT Austin

    Posted by UT System

    on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

    According to a report submitted by a 13-member committee, chaired by Steve Rohleder, chief executive of Accenture Health and Public Service, and appointed by UT Austin President Bill Powers, The University of Texas at Austin could generate as much as $490 million in savings and new revenue over a decade while enhancing its excellence in teaching and research.

    Chancellor emphasizes value of education in the humanities and social sciences

    Posted by UT System

    on Friday, January 18, 2013

    Describing his exposure to a liberal arts curriculum during his college years as “transformative,” Chancellor Cigarroa addressed colleagues in the American Academy Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences during a Jan. 12 conference in Chicago. Read excerpts from his speech:

    I was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and educated in public schools. When I was growing up, Laredo was ranked as the poorest city in the nation. In my wildest dreams as a child, I never imagined I would attend an Ivy League university or serve on prominent national commissions.

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