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We expect 50 medical student in the first class in 2016.
The Office of Academic Affairs has charged an independent committee to develop and recommend a plan that brings together The University of Texas at Brownsville (UTB) and The University of Texas at Pan American (UTPA) to create a single NCAA Division I-AAA program at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. This committee has no authority over personnel decisions at UTPA. With regard to the selection of the men’s head soccer coach at UTPA, it is the policy of the University to not comment on personnel matters or hiring decisions.
A working group has recommended a PhD in clinical Psychology, the programmatic decisions for psychology have not yet been made. The new dean of the medical school comes onboard in April and will have more detailed information about his plans a little later. We expect to have more detail for you by the end of the summer.
There is no bachelor degree program in Architecture at UTB at this time and no programmatic decisions for a two year program in architecture have been made. We expect to have more detail for you by the end of the summer. However, any student who starts the program at either UTB or UTPA will be able to finish it at UTRGV.
That is both the plan and the expectation. UTRGV will be a larger university with world class programs and this will become evident as it evolves.
No. For this last year of UTB and UTPA, their scholarship programs will remain as they are. However, any scholarship awarded that spans the transition into fall 2015 will be honored by UTRGV.
The programmatic decisions for music have not yet been made. We expect to have more detail for you by the end of the summer.
UTRGV will be initially organized much like any single university, with a centralized administration and with many geographically disbursed campuses and instructional sites. The exact structure of the administration, academics, and services will not be known until summer of 2014. With the arrival of the new president, UTRGV can commence a strategic planning process, incorporating the guiding principles, which will have the objective of achieving the vision laid out by the Board of Regents and Chancellor. Being a "21st Century" university, it will employ the latest technology and innovative methods to provide breakthrough programs and services to students from the Rio Grande Valley and the world.
This is in evolution at present and is being done within the Regional Academic Health Center (RAHC) structure with preliminary committees in several areas. The new Dean will further develop these committees as the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) process evolves.
The Medical School will offer only the MD degree. Students may well obtain dual degrees e.g. MD/MPH with other schools.
The regional School of Public health will be closely involved with the medical school. No new Public health School will be created.
It will be part of TMDAS but it is much too early to even consider “stats".
For academic year starting fall 2015, most UTRGV students will attend classes on the same campuses they have in the past. In the years to come some programs will be concentrated on a particular campus, especially in cases were a specific lab is available. Many classes, however, will be available from any place with an internet connection. Curriculum design and class scheduling will be arranged to serve students in ways most convenient to them as possible.
The only MD degree will be in the Medical School. There are no plans for a doctorate in Kinesiology at this time. A proposal would need to be submitted to both the UT System Board of Regents and the Coordinating Board for approval of any new degree program. There is no further information about when or if such a proposal will be going forward at this time.
The Medical School will offer only the MD degree. There are no present plans for a PhD in Dietetics or nutritional sciences. A proposal would need to be submitted to both the UT System Board of Regents and the Coordinating Board for approval of any new degree program. There is no further information about when or if such a proposal will be going forward at this time.
Literally hundreds of people. Under the leadership of the UT System and Special Advisor, faculty, staff, students, administrators, national consultants and thought leaders have for months been collaborating in the designing and planning of the new university. There are three stages: Conceptualization, which is the thinking about and discussion of alternative models, structures, methods; Project Planning, which is the design of the parts of the university based upon what was learned in the first stage; and Implementation, which is bringing up the new university according to the plan. We are presently concluding the Conceptualization stage and entering the Project Planning stage.
The national search is underway and progressing as expected. A significant number of individuals applied for the position but while it is in progress we cannot disclose any precise details about it.
The University of Texas greatly values the contribution Community Colleges make to higher education in Texas. In fact, more than half of all graduates from universities in Texas have earned credits in community colleges. UTRGV will work closely with both of the Valley's community colleges, TSTC in Harlingen and the K-12 schools to develop a 21st Century curriculum and student success path that will ensure that students who arrive at UTRGV will be ready to thrive and graduate with an excellent education.
UTRGV, like all of the other UT System institutions will be a world class university open to students from around the world and they will be actively recruited. It has been and still is a reality that cash-strapped families in the Rio Grande Valley have needed local access to higher education, which explains why the student population here is disproportionately Valley residents. As the new university evolves and its reputation grows, more and more students from other regions will enroll at UTRGV.
UT Austin is an excellent, highly competitive research and teaching university that is over 100 years old. Students from around the world come to Austin for its broad array of mature and highly ranked programs. UT Rio Grande Valley is virtually brand new, but is more accessible because of its location, tuition & fee structure and less competitive admission. UTRGV will have many mature and outstanding programs taken over from UTPA and UTB, but it also has a mission specifically focused on 21st Century technology, students and the employment market. But there is much more that distinguishes any two universities than can be captured here. We recommend that you visit both campuses (and many others) to explore factors that make one the right fit for you.
UTRGV will be offering a program for History majors that will compare favorably with any others in the state but a new feature of student life will be an innovative initiative called "Student Lifecycle Management", a new way to connect the student and the university closely together from recruitment, to enrollment and orientation, to the quality of the student experience, to graduation, and all the life challenges and opportunities in between. We believe this will greatly enhance the university experience for all students.
The UTRGV academic program inventory will be approved and published later this summer but is not complete at this time. All students coming from UTPA or UTB and continuing at UTRGV will be able to proceed through and complete their original programs as previously offered at UTB and UTPA. Eventually, all the like programs of the two closing entities will be consolidated into a single program at UTRGV. Over time, new programs that will either replace or build upon present programs will be available to new students at UTRGV.
The academic working groups have made recommendations to develop a number of doctoral programs, both professional and academic. As with all new degree programs, a proposal for any new program would need to be submitted to both the UT System Board of Regents and, if approved, the Coordinating Board for final approval. Among other considerations, a proposal for a new doctoral program would need to provide documented evidence of the unmet need for doctorates in the discipline in terms of job opportunities now and in the foreseeable future.
There are no plans for animal sciences programs in the medical school.
The complete reports of the academic working groups will be posted on the university websites by the end of this week (March 7th). There will be a link or a button to click that will take you to the Project South Texas Academic Programs Working Group Reports. There will also be a separate file with all the executive summaries.
“Teach out” means that a student who started a degree program at UTB or UTPA will be able to finish it out at UTRGV. See the answer to the following question addressing the fall 2015 programs at UTRGV for more information on this.
When UTRGV begins classes in fall 2015, previous UTB and UTPA students who were enrolled in degree programs at those institutions will be able to complete the requirements of those degrees at UTRGV. There will be three sets of degree programs running simultaneously in 2015 at UTRGV: Those that UTB had offered, those that UTPA had offered, and those that will be consolidated from both UTB and UTPA.
The complete reports of the academic working groups will be posted on the university websites by the end of this week (March 7th). There will be a link or a box to click that will take you to the Project South Texas Academic Programs Working Group Reports. There will also be a separate file with all the executive summaries. Faculty will be encouraged to submit their feedback through the portal but they can also do so at the Town Hall meetings if they prefer.
The rumor is false. The medical school will be an integral unit of UTRGV.
Not yet. More information about admissions should be available in the next few months.
The medical school will only offer the MD degree. There is a recommendation from an academic program working group to offer the Doctor of Physical Therapy. A proposal would need to be submitted to both the UT System Board of Regents and the Coordinating Board for approval of any new degree program. There is no further information about when or if such a proposal will be going forward at this time.
No changes in the present Pharmacy program are planned at this time. However, as the academic planning process moves forward, this could be modified in the future.
The existing programs will not be affected at all but the new medical school will offer one more option for JAMP students.
Every UT System academic institution has its unique mission which determines teaching workload. Each institution reports teaching load credits annually to the UT System. UTRGV will do the same once it is established. Those reports will be guided by appropriate Regents' Rule.
The programmatic decisions for nursing have not yet been made. We expect to have more detail for you by the end of the summer.
All relevant information will be considered when determining how to implement an NCAA Division I-AAA program at UTRGV.
The guiding principles specify that UTRGV will: "Streamline academic and administrative programs and re-design processes to increase productivity and promote a student- and service-centered mode of operation." While the design of the operational structure and methods for delivery of key services is underway but not yet concluded, we expect to use whatever approaches and methods available to control costs and enhance quality.
A strategy for gradually ramping up the UTRGV brand, while retiring those for UTPA and UTB is currently in development and has already begun. We expect that UTRGV will be the predominant brand by the end of this year. (UTPA and UTB will still be the official names for the two retiring entities until UTRGV is awarded accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in June of 2015)
The Board of Regents seek to establish a new 21st Century University in the Rio Grande Valley and in its envisioning of it identified certain key guiding principles to assist in the process of design. None of us can know how this century will unfold, the challenges it will bring, nor the opportunities that will arise but we do know that independent factors must be addressed. Among these are student demands, market forces, technological change, innovations, societal change, global influences, and other factors not yet revealed or fathomed. At the start, the platform of UTRGV is the product of present faculty, staff, students, administration, national thought leaders, consultants and talents throughout the UT System. The new design should preserve the values of traditional higher education while seeking ways to make them continually relevant by adopting the benefits and opportunities of innovation. What the university will be over this and following centuries will continue to be a response to the work of future students and faculty.
The first two years will be located on the Edinburg campus; the second two years of medical education will be on the Harlingen campus.
UT Austin does not have a separate governing board for athletics but does have many councils and committees that help promote and support programs.
Not at this time.