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    A Record Breaking Year

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

    We began the New Year with terrific cause for celebration. Philanthropy across The University of Texas System reached an all-time high of $1.12 billion in fiscal year 2011, with gifts from nearly 227,000 alumni and other individual donors. Both of these figures are unprecedented, and if you consider that UT institutions accomplished this during difficult economic times, it is an impressive endorsement of support for the System’s universities and health institutions.

    Leading the way for this banner year was UT Austin, which ranked third in the nation among public institutions of higher learning, and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, which ranked 20th.   

    Regents Meet in San Antonio Feb. 8-9

    Posted by UT System

    on Thursday, February 9, 2012

    The University of Texas System Board of Regents discussed and took action on several agenda items related to the UT System’s education, research, patient care and service mission. Highlights of the meeting include:

    Regents Meet in Austin Nov. 10

    Posted by UT System

    on Thursday, November 10, 2011

    The University of Texas System Board of Regents discussed and took action on several agenda items related to the UT System’s education, research, patient care and service mission. Highlights of the meeting include:

     

    Dr. Bruce Beutler is recognized by the UT Southwestern community for winning the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.  

    Human capital, institutions key to valley's prosperity, experts say

    Posted by UT System

    on Monday, October 10, 2011

    Can a region of South Texas, which includes some of the country's most impoverished communities, be a catalyst for economic activity in the state and the nation?

    If the region in question is the Rio Grande Valley, which also happens to boast one of the country's fastest growing populations, then the answer is absolutely.

     Micah Sagebiel, Program Officer, U.S. Education, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. Wynn Rosser, Executive Director, Greater Texas Foundation. Jamie P. Merisotis, President and CEO, Lumina Foundation. Hilary Pennington, Director of Education, Postsecondary Success, and Special Initiatives, United States Program, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Pablo J. Farías, Vice President, Economic Opportunity and Assets Program, Ford Foundation.

    From left to right: Micah SagebielProgram Officer, U.S. Education, Michael & Susan Dell FoundationWynn RosserExecutive Director, Greater Texas Foundation. Jamie P. Merisotis,President and CEO, Lumina Foundation. Hilary PenningtonDirector of Education, Postsecondary Success, and Special Initiatives, United States Program, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Pablo J. FaríasVice President, Economic Opportunity and Assets Program, Ford Foundation.

    UT Austin awarded $50 million to build faster, more powerful supercomputer

    Posted by UT System

    on Monday, September 26, 2011

    First, there was Ranger. Soon, there will be a Stampede.

    With the help of a $50 million National Science Foundation grant, the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin is building a new supercomputer with twice the memory and 20 times the peak computational capabilities as its current top performer, known as Ranger.

    Innovation, Creativity Common Among Outstanding Teaching Awardees

    Posted by UT System

    on Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards Medal

    A little more than a decade ago, Charlotte Canning had an intriguing thought for teaching her students in her undergraduate theatre history class at The University of Texas at Austin.

    How Innovation, Adaptation will Strengthen our Institutions

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Thursday, May 12, 2011

    Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.I was given the opportunity to address the University of Texas System Board of Regents this morning at its quarterly meeting, and I wanted to share my remarks with you.

    I used the occasion to express my observations about why our universities must be innovative and adaptive in these changing times, and I introduced an analytics framework that the UT System has been developing for several months to help UT institutions become even more productive, transparent, and accountable to the people of Texas. I asked the Board for its support of my framework as the plan for advancing our institutions, and I asked for the Board’s support to allow the outstanding UT presidents the opportunity to lead and implement the plan on their respective campuses.

    I am pleased to report the Board of Regents adopted my recommendations unanimously for this new framework, and I am confident it will further advance excellence throughout the UT System.

    Update on The Session

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.I send this message to you on Texas Independence Day, 175 years after the first Texas delegates met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to write the Texas Declaration of Independence. Those were uncertain times, but they came together with strong resolve and the certainty that greatness lay ahead for Texas if they showed leadership and courage.

    The challenges we Texans face today are not as monumental, but we have this much in common: Great challenges present great opportunities. For those of us in higher education today, this is a special opportunity to serve and graduate more students, to improve the quality of their education, and to make a University of Texas education affordable to a greater number of Texas families.

    The 82nd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature is well under way, and we are working with lawmakers to make our priorities known and to become part of the solution to the challenges our state is facing. We know that if we are looking for public support, we must continue to put our own house in order. Over the past four years, the UT System can document $1.4 billion in savings, avoided costs, new revenue generated, and reduction of the size of System administration. As legislators look at the specifics of the 2012-2013 state budget, we are asking them to

    • Ensure that the share of spending on higher education is not reduced further.
    • Commit proportionate additional funding to higher education as a strategic investment that will improve lives and build the Texas economy.
    • Give flexibility to university systems and institutions to manage the impacts of any budget reductions.
    • Give university systems the flexibility to eliminate or sunset reporting and regulatory burdens.

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