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Welcome to The University of Texas System, the nation’s premier public system of higher education. Established by the Texas Constitution in 1876, the UT System now consists of eight universities and six health institutions serving more than 214,000 students. We are also establishing two new medical schools at academic institutions – the Dell Medical School at UT Austin and a School of Medicine at our newest university, UT Rio Grande Valley. 

As one of the largest university systems in the United States, we confer more than one-third of Texas’ undergraduate degrees each year and educate two-thirds of the state’s health care professionals. The groundbreaking research and discoveries by our faculty and students reverberate around the globe, and the teaching and learning that occur in classrooms across our campuses are second to none.

After a 37-year career serving in the U.S. Navy, I am incredibly honored to lead the UT System as chancellor. I have witnessed firsthand all over the world that education has the power to change lives and change the world. It diminishes bigotry, hatred, ignorance and poverty and it perpetuates hope, fairness, open-mindedness and prosperity. It advances society and expands our horizons.

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One-on-One
Discovery, Debate, and Dissent

March 10, 2017

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak at the SXSWedu conference in Austin. Among other things, I shared my view that while putting students on a path to success will always be job one, we in higher education have broader responsibilities as well.

I spoke about the values we instill in the young people on our campuses – either tacitly or deliberately – and laid out what I call the Three Ds, which I consider cornerstones of a good education: Discovery, Debate, and Dissent.

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