This has not yet been finalized, but the online application will likely require interested faculty to grant UTRGV access to the faculty member’s current personnel file; list his/her academic rank, tenure status, college/school and academic department; indicate whether he/she have been issued written discipline in the past seven years by UTB or UTPA; indicate whether he/she is currently under investigation by UTB or UTPA for any allegations; list the date of his/her most recent criminal background check by UTB or UTPA; and submit a current CV.
If the question means “What about dual employment policy?”, the actual UTRGV policy has not yet been created. However, UTRGV is likely to permit its employees to engage in outside employment according to policy similar at other UT System universities, with appropriate approvals.
Faculty and staff positions will have different job requirements that vary by position. Because UTRGV’s precise hiring needs are being developed, it is not yet known if bilingual faculty or staff will receive a preference in hiring.
Faculty hired during Phase I at UTRGV will likely receive dual appointments to their existing institution and UTRGV, and will eventually transition to be employees of only UTRGV, so they will not experience a break in service. UTRGV’s precise hiring needs for staff are being developed, so the first day of employment for staff positions is not yet known.
UTRGV’s precise Phase II faculty hiring needs will not be known until Phase I ends. Any persons who are qualified for available Phase II positions, including external applicants, will be eligible to apply for them, but it is unlikely that existing lecturers will receive a hiring preference for tenure-track faculty positions over external applicants.
Nothing about the program is expected to change in fall 2014. It is anticipated that the M.S. in Occupational Therapy, which the UT System Board of Regents approved for UT Rio Grande Valley, will continue its AOTA accreditation.
Currently, UT Pan American offers a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)-Nurse Practitioner program. UTRGV will offer this program starting fall 2015. There is currently no proposal to offer a specialization in neo-natal care. The current specializations in the existing program are the Family Nurse Practitioner track and the Adult Health Nursing: Educator Track.
Your comments will certainly be taken into consideration, but currently, the deadline for Phase I faculty applications is expected to be August 18, 2014. As soon as further details about the application process are available, they will be sent to UTB and UTPA faculty through their respective Provosts’ offices.
If you are referring to information sessions about the Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan for eligible UTPA faculty, we encourage you to contact the Office of Human Resources or to submit your questions to this website.
There are no plans for a Veterinarian program at this time.
If you are eligible for and accept a voluntary separation agreement, you may not seek, apply for or accept employment at any UT System institution (including UTRGV) until June 1, 2016. This means you will not be eligible to work in any position at UTRGV until June 1, 2016.
This will depend on whether you are otherwise eligible to retire under your retirement plan. If you are eligible to retire and do so, you will receive the retirement benefits due to you; if you are not eligible to retire, you will not receive retirement benefits.
A very good idea. Just as you point out, it will be the only way to efficiently function in the new university. Thanks.
UTRGV anticipates that the great majority of its staff positions will be filled by current UTB and UTPA employees. However, UTRGV will be a different employer from UTB and UTPA. Therefore, persons who wish to work at UTRGV will need to apply for positions there. At a date selected by the UT System Board of Regents, UTB and UTPA will close and all remaining jobs at those institutions will cease to exist, even if occupied by recently-hired staff.
The Regents envision an "Emerging Research University” for the Rio Grande Valley, which the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board defines as follows. Emerging Research Universities are educational, scientific, engineering, business and cultural resource centers committed to the three-fold mission of teaching, research and service. As universities with extensive educational programs, academic efforts are directed to applied and basic research in selected fields, teaching and scholarship, and creative activities. The universities encourage faculty members to be active researchers/creators in their respective disciplines and to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research and creative pursuits. Emerging Research universities are expected to: Offer a comprehensive range of excellent undergraduate and graduate programs; Award at least 30 PhD degrees annually, based on a rolling average of two consecutive years of degree production; Generate at least 20% of the research universities’ criteria for restricted research expenditures (20% of $150 million, adjusted for inflation), as determined by a rolling two-year average.
UT System is completely committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for students, staff, faculty and all those who visit our campuses. By federal law, called the "Clery Act", campuses must report yearly their crime statistics. While some of the incidents you cite have occurred, UTB has a crime incident rate per student just slightly less than UT Austin's. Our UT Police Department works diligently and cooperatively with federal and local law enforcement to continually identify crime trends that would jeopardize the safety of our campus community, always preparing to deter or respond to any threats.
Funding to cover operational costs for public universities in Texas comes from tuition and fees charged to students, state funding based upon enrollment and hours taken by students, research grants, and gifts to the university. One of the major advantages of UTRGV, as compared to UTB and UTPA, is that some of its capital construction funding needs can now be met with Public University Fund (PUF) money, rather than the sources listed above. Any "budget increases" must come from those sources, hence the "size of the institution", in terms of enrollment, is a primary factor. UTRGV is expected to start with around 28,000 students and will grow as its national reputation enhances. The tuition and fee rates, which are set by the Board of Regents, are an important factor as well. Balancing the need for revenues with the equally important interest in keeping higher education affordable is a challenge confronting universities across the nation.
While the model in Texas and elsewhere is to blend the health sciences, any reorganization or combination of campuses requires multiple levels of approval inclusive of the Board of Regents. Many of the ideas received thus far are being compiled for review with the new President of UTRGV when the sole finalist is confirmed.
All UTB and UTPA students already enrolled in programs will be able to finish them at UTRGV. Students starting new at UTRGV will be enrolling in its new programs, which will have different curricula and specifications. There will be more known about those later this year.
There will be no pharmacy school created by 2015 and there are no plans for one at this time.
UTRGV will offer salaries that will attract and hold the highest quality talent and capabilities available, so market will be a key factor in salary rates.
There is a recommendation from an academic program working group relating to this but no proposal has been made. 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.
All jobs at UTB and UTPA are being eliminated because both entities will cease to exist next year. We will follow the law creating UTRGV and dissolving UTB and UTPA, which states that "the board of regents shall facilitate the employment ... of as many faculty and staff of the abolished universities as is prudent and practical."
On May 15th the Board of Regents approved the process for qualified UTB and UTPA tenured and tenure-track faculty to indicate their interest in being hired into faculty positions at UTRGV. You can read it in detail athttp://www.utsystem.edu/sites/utsfiles/news/assets/utrgv-tenured-tenure-track-hiring.pdf
No diplomas or semester credit hours can be awarded by UTB and UTPA after they cease to exist in 2015. If you continue your education at UTRGV and complete all the requirements for graduation there, your diploma will be awarded by UTRGV.
The UT System Board of Regents approved the inventory of UTRGV initial programs on May 15th. You can see the list at:http://www.utsystem.edu/sites/utsfiles/news/assets/utrgv-degree-programs-2014-05.pdf
It will be the most current MCAT.
When faculty and staff who are eligible first come to state government, they get a one time “irrevocable” chance to select ORP or TRS (and form to sign acknowledging this). If they did not elect when they first became faculty, they cannot elect now, with us or any other higher education institution they may move to. Former state employees, including those from UTB or UTPA, hired by UTRGV will have their state service benefits and balances transferred and, per our OEB policies, they will carry their benefit elections with them. If they have a break in service they could elect new benefits. Whatever they select during annual enrollment in July 2015 will carry forward to UT RGV.
A process will be developed to solicit input from students and other key stakeholders on the new university colors and mascot. This will likely occur in mid-to-late 2014.
First, it is important to know that all UTRGV programs will be offered university-wide. However, not all individual courses will be taught at every campus. The class offerings by classroom and location, and by online, will not be fully worked out before next spring. In general, though, if you have begun a program at one campus, you are likely to be able to continue it there.
It is important to know that all UTRGV programs will be offered university-wide. However, not all individual courses will be taught at every campus. The class offerings by classroom and location, and by online, will not be fully worked out before next spring. In general, though, if you have begun a program at one campus, you are likely to be able to continue it there.
The presidency officially commences when UTRGV opens, which will be before Fall 2015. In the meantime, that individual will serve as President-Elect, once the Regents confirm the appointment, in May.
Regarding the UTRGV degree programs, a recommendation for all UTRGV programs has been submitted to the Board of Regents for consideration. The agenda book for the Board meeting is published online about three days before the Board of Regents meeting, which is May 14 & 15. When it does, all of the programs the BOR will be considering will be there for the viewing. Once the programs are approved by the Board, we will publish them.
Due to the space needs, changes brought on by the separation of UTB and TSC, what was the Student Union building on the Brownsville campus was purchased from Texas Southmost College this year and converted to other uses. A new classroom and student services building will begin construction in Brownsville later this year to meet some of the most pressing needs. UTRGV master planning is underway to address facility needs across the Rio Grande Valley.
Your point is well taken and has been raised in considerations for the design of UTRGV program distribution, offerings, curricula and scheduling. The 21st Century university will recognize and respond to the changing needs of society and students, particularly the ones you raise.
The answer means to convey that we don't know yet. The longer answer tries to convey a sense of the process and schedule when we will.
A merger would be a putting together of the two institutions. The legislature and Board of Regents are founding UTRGV, a new university, and UTPA and UTB will cease to exist. The confusion arises because the assets owned by the Board of Regents in the Valley, previously identified with UTPA, UTB and the RAHC, are being re-deployed to the new university. The Guiding Principles are posted online and are helpful for obtaining a greater sense about what UTRGV is to be and how that contrasts with UTPA and UTB. UTRGV will be a 21st Century innovation of higher education, the first of its kind, and it may be difficult at this point to see how different that will be. The difference will become much clearer as it begins operations and evolves. Since it is a new institution, all the personnel it will employ must apply as new, even though there will be a preference given to those previously employed by UT System at the former entities.
All employees of UTPA and UTB who wish to work at UTRGV will undergo the same process, be subject to the same criteria and will receive the same consideration, irrespective where they worked. The case you refer to is incidental to that particular set of facts and does not reflect that only UTPA employees will be going on to UTRGV.
Your suggestion has been forwarded. Thanks.
A process will be developed to solicit input from students and other key stakeholders on the new university mascot. This will likely occur in mid-to-late 2014. You'll be asked to submit your ideas then.
The term "21st Century University" means to convey an innovation in higher education that departs from the previous models. It is not a departure from the idea that the university is a discoverer, nurturer and provider of new knowledge, but is in fact a continuation of the evolution of higher education, which has for centuries adapted itself to meet the changing needs of society and the opportunities opened by new technologies and discoveries. The particular object of UTRGV will be to provide first class higher education for the Valley, thus elevating opportunity, incomes, health and quality of life. As President Bailey comes on board, and the new mission, vision, and strategies are determined for UTRGV, an operational definition of what a “21st Century University” will emerge, which will be consistent with the guiding principles approved by the Board of Regents.
UTRGV is going to have one academic and administrative structure that is designed to dramatically improve student success, healthcare, research, and community impact across the entire Valley. Realistically, in the early years, given the geographic distribution of current UTB and UTPA students who will be automatically enrolled in UTRGV, faculty will likely have primary bases from which to serve students, conduct research, and engage with the community. As quickly as possible, UTRGV will develop new ways to interact with students that are less place-bound. New technologies can be expected to surpass even the current rate of rapid change to provide means not yet known now. As to moving students between learning sites, there will be a transportation system that will employ mass transit and individual person transport from points all across the Valley to all higher education institutions in the Valley. For a preview of some of what is to come, go to www.ridescoutapp.com and download the app.
An important function of master planning a university is to explore just the issues you pose. The UT System Board of Regents is expected to award the master planning contract sometime in the next few months.
The establishment of UTRGV as a new university and the dissolution of UTB and UTPA creates an anomaly with regard to the question of current tenured and tenure-track faculty that is not covered by the present Regents Rules. UT System has worked with the leadership of both faculty senates and provosts to develop a policy addressing the hiring of UTPA and UTB tenured and tenure-track faculty at UTRGV. A proposed policy has been drafted and will be considered by the Board of Regents at its May meeting and we will share further information as soon as it is available.
Other than buildings presently underway or approved to commence construction, new facilities will need to be considered in the master planning process. The UT System Board of Regents is expected to award the master planning contract sometime in the next few months.
It is true that UTB and UTPA staff who want to work at UTRGV will have to go through a hiring process, though we anticipate that the great majority of UTB and UTPA employees will be offered positions at UTRGV. Some UTRGV hiring needs will be known right away, and others will be known after the new president approves an organizational structure. Therefore, UTRGV will likely hire staff on a rolling basis and will begin to post job openings for staff as early as fall 2014. All job postings will be available online and applications will be accepted online. UTB and UTPA staff will be given a general preference for available jobs and an additional preference if they are applying for a job similar to the job they held.
When approved, UTRGV will be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC), which is the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the Southern states and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. UTPA and UTB are fully presently accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The application process in Texas is centralized through the Texas Medical and Dental Application Service. The requirements for medical schools in Texas are also available on their web page ( http://www.tmdsas.com/medical/homepage.html The admissions process for UTRGV is presently under review.
After accreditation, we anticipate accepting applications in 2015 and enroll the first class in August 2016.
Higher salary levels are essential to attract and retain faculty who are research active. Research active faculty will have a lower organized classroom teaching load, because a significant part of the educational experience occurs in the research laboratory and during research meetings. Not all fields have the same opportunity for establishing funded research programs, and it is anticipated that a recruiting emphasis will be placed on STEM fields. Some faculty, who excel in the classroom and have a lesser interest in active research programs will maintain larger teaching loads.
Architecture is not among the initial UTRGV programs submitted for consideration for approval by the Board of Regents.
There will be one university and all positions will be hired over the coming year. Some UTRGV hiring needs will be known right away, and others will be known after the new president approves an organizational structure. Therefore, UTRGV will likely hire staff on a rolling basis and will begin to post job openings for staff as early as fall 2014. All job postings will be available and applications taken online at the new UTRGV web site coming soon.
UTRGV will develop as an emerging research university through recruitment of faculty in areas with research potential (primarily STEM fields) who are expected to establish funded research programs and who will likely be recruited at a higher salary level (and possibly require significant startup packages). Existing faculty will certainly have the opportunity to develop research programs, though this is not mandated. UTRGV will maintain a balance between teaching load and research load. For at least the interim growing period, one can anticipate a tiered system with some faculty research oriented while other faculty remain teaching oriented. The research culture change will likely occur at a non-uniform rate across the campus.
We appreciate your question and comments. In general, full-time doctoral students should be supported through teaching assistantships, research assistantship, or fellowships, as appropriate to the discipline. Resource allocations have not yet been made for doctoral programs at UTRGV. We will send your recommendation to the administration of the university once a president is named.
No program decisions have been concluded yet but the list of UTRGV programs will be published later this summer.
Yes. All appropriate questions relevant to UTRGV that have not already been answered will be.
Neither UTPA nor UTB are being merged to form UTRGV, an entirely new university. The Regents envision an "Emerging Research University” for the Rio Grande Valley, which the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Boarded defines as follows: Emerging Research Universities are educational, scientific, engineering, business and cultural resource centers committed to the three-fold mission of teaching, research and service. As universities with extensive educational programs, academic efforts are directed to applied and basic research in selected fields, teaching and scholarship, and creative activities. By establishing one higher education institution in the Valley, with included medical school, the mission can be better and more efficiently focused.
UTRGV will span the Rio Grande Valley, including Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy Counties, with initial instructional sites in Rio Grande City, McAllen, Edinburg, Harlingen, Brownsville, Port Mansfield and South Padre Island. Additional sites will be added as programs are added and expanded. UTRGV will also span the globe with its 21st Century virtual campus and programs.
Thank you for your observation and interest in our facilities. Your comments and advice will be passed to the Facilities Project Group for consideration.
UT System leadership determined that UTRGV will have a NCAA Division I athletics program. Because of UTPA’s existing participation in NCAA Division I athletics, the UTPA athletics program will be converted into the athletics program at UTRGV. Building a new NCAA Division I program from scratch could take years. This approach ensures NCAA participation in year one. As to the RAHC facility in Brownsville, it is under the direction of UT Health Science Center-Houston, and there are no plans to migrate it to UTRGV.
The item "Implement Talent Development Strategy for Faculty and Staff" refers to the typical set of Human Resources initiatives for providing mechanisms by which organizations help keep the talents and skills of their personnel up to date in a fast changing world and to ensure that individuals can acquire new skills and abilities to advance in their careers.
If you are a BSN who has completed the required undergraduate courses, you can apply. There is no credit towards an MD degree given for RN, NP, or any other coursework. UTRGV expects to use the same requirements as UTHSCSA SOM(UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Mediciine). Those requirements are as follows (the TMDSAS website lists the requirements for each of the participant schools at firstname.lastname@example.org ): While a baccalaureate degree is strongly recommended, graduation is not an actual requirement, although a minimum of 90 hours is a requirement; 14 semester hours of biology (2 of the hours are lab); 8 semester hours of general chemistry (2 of the hours are lab); 8 semester hours of organic chemistry (2 of the hours are lab); 3 semester hours of biochemistry; 8 semester hours of physics (2 of the hours are lab); 6 semester hours of English; 3 semester hours of statistics.
The UTRGV SOM has adopted a curriculum which is innovative blending elements of both traditional medical training and population health. The training will include interprofessional teams of medical, nursing, social work, pharmacy, PA and public health. As such, faculty from public health and all other health disciplines will be included the curricular development to help improve the health of patients, families, and whole communities in the Rio Grande Valley.
Students currently enrolled at UTB or UTPA and who continue at UTRGV will follow course prerequisites and other program requirements published in the catalog corresponding to their acceptance date in the nursing program. New students beginning their courses at UTRGV will follow the program prerequisites for UTRGV, which will be published in the fall of 2014.
Beginning with the initial planning of the new medical school, concerted efforts have been made to expand residency opportunities in South Texas. Already in the works is an increase from 11 first year residency positions available to 32 additional first year positions. Because these residencies are multi-year, the agreements already in place will result in a total of more than 115 new residents in the next 5 years in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, OB/GYN, and Psychiatry. Plans are now underway for a possible residency in Pediatrics and additional Family Medicine.