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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.
There are no plans to offer a doctorate in Psychology. The medical school may well hire in the field as programs develop, however.
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.
The medical school will offer only an MD degree. Those programs in nursing education have not been defined as of now. The faculty are working on developing new doctoral program. However, there are recommendations from an academic programs working group to offer doctoral-level programs in nursing as an academic program. Any new doctoral program would have to be approved by the UT System Board of Regents and the Coordinating Board before the program could be offered. There is no further information about when or if such a proposal will be going forward at this time.
We are creating a team that is made of UTRGV subject matter experts, UT System Shared Services staff, and implementation contractors. We will have information on the PeopleSoft SIS implementation in February. We will kick off the implementation in late February or early March 2014.
Our tentative timeline to bring up the Student Information System to meet the needs of the new class starting in Fall of 2015. This timeline will bring Admissions live in September 2014, Financial Aid in February 2015, Academic Advising in March of 2015, and Registration and Student Financials in April of 2015. The old systems will be retired when the new system is activated and running.
There is no officially set timeline for the Dean search at this point.
The work group assigned this topic has not yet addressed this. Thus far, their main recommendation relates to the professional development of faculty who may wish to pursue personal and curricular development of bi-literate and bicultural competencies.
It is too early to tell. However, 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.
There is no plan for UTRGV to adopt any other entity's model for "shared services". 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.
UTRGV, like UT Austin, will have its medical school within the university, unlike the other health institutions in the UT System.
Noted. Your suggestion will be forwarded to the appropriate academic work group.
It is the policy of the search process that the names of candidates for the UTRGV presidency remain confidential until the finalist(s) are identified and their permission to release their names given.
The eRAHC will be part of UTRGV since the RAHC will be part of the medical School. The School of Public Health will remain a part of the UTHSPH and affiliate with UTRGV and the Medical School, but not be an organizational part of it for the immediate future.
There are likely to be statisticians at the medical School but no specific positions are have been identified at this time.
The surgical programs will be carried out at the affiliated hospitals. The new Dean will recruit a Chief of surgery in collaboration with one or more of the hospitals.
The first students would apply to the Medical School in the Fall of 2015 for a 2016 start, provided we get our accreditation for year one completed. The admissions policies will evolve after we have a Dean and an admissions committee. The criteria for admissions will revolve around the individual student qualifications andhis or her career interests and goals. It will be an holistic process looking at a wide variety of factors.
There are at present no plans to add a law school at UTRGV.
The UTB and UTPA student records will be transferred to UTRGV at the start up of UTRGV. Students requesting transcripts for prior coursework done at UTB and UTPA will see those courses reported as having been completed at those respective institutions. Courses taken at UTRGV beginning in the fall of 2015 and after will be recorded as UTRGV courses.
Students already admitted to and attending UTB or UTPA will be automatically enrolled at UTRGV and will not need to reapply.
The Special Adviser confirms that you are correct. The Academic Working Groups turned in their final reports on January 31. Other Working Groups reports, however, are due February 14.
It has been during the Chancellor’s term of visionary leadership that the State of Texas legislature passed into law the establishment of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The UT System Board of Regents has authorized and begun over $200 million in new investment for land acquisition, new construction, the design and launch of a 21st Century University in the Rio Grande Valley, and the search commenced for its president and dean of the new medical school. The UT System Administration is nearing the completion of the final implementation plan that will guide step-by-step its personnel and resources to the opening of UT Rio Grande Valley next year.
In a letter to UT System personnel yesterday the Chancellor wrote: “Thanks to your extraordinary work, many of the U. T. System goals we developed together are now in the implementation stage and in excellent hands. I can leave the U. T. System Administration with the highest degree of confidence, knowing that together we have successfully achieved what we set out to do.”
The original schedule has been determined, approved and implementation is already underway. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will open as originally planned. Further, Dr. Cigarroa will be a special advisor to the Board of Regents on the development of UTRGV and medical school.
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Athletics Committee has been charged with developing 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 (UTRGV). This includes recommending a location or locations for the athletics programs. At this time, we do not have enough information to announce any decisions about any sport
The president of UTRGV has not yet been selected. The Board of Regents has launched a national search with the goal of announcing a president for the new university in the spring of 2014. The UT System Presidential Search Committee is led by UT System's Dr. Pedro Reyes, Executive Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The process is on schedule. A search advisory committee that includes representatives from UT Brownsville, UT Pan American and the South Texas community is assisting with the process. There will be only one president over all of the UTRGV campuses valley-wide. (Neither UTB or UTPA will exist after summer of 2015.)
Current plans call for the first Medical School class in 2016 with applications in 2015. There is a South Texas track in place at this time for students to spend two years at San Antonio and the last two years in the Valley. More details will be provided as they develop.
Students have been participating in various Workgroups during the last several months and those workgroups are issuing their final reports mid-February. Students can continue to be involved in the coming year in UTRGV identity activities (mascot, colors selection, etc.), posing questions on the Project South Texas web site, making suggestions via the web site, and helping fellow students navigate this transition period into UTRGV from the Brownsville, Edinburg and Harlingen campuses. Students can contact their respective campus Office for Student Affairs to learn about the latest opportunities and activities.
The preliminary plan is for selection of mascot and school colors in the fall of 2014
We are creating a team that is made of UTRGV subject matter experts when hired, UT System Shared Services staff, and implementation contractors. We will have information on the PeopleSoft SIS implementation in February. We will kick off the implementation in late February or early March 2014.
Our tentative timeline to bring up the Student Information System to meet the needs of the new class starting in Fall of 2015. This timeline will bring Admissions live in September 2014, Financial Aid in February 2015, Academic Advising in March of 2015, and Registration and Student Financials in April of 2015.
The U. T. System Regents’ Rule 31006 ( http://www.utsystem.edu/bor/rules/30000Series/31006.pdf ) describes the System’s policies regarding faculty workload, including factors that may be considered in order to grant a reduced teaching load. Section 6.13 permits the president of an institution to grant, on a limited basis, workload credit for “basic and applied research following a research work plan approved pursuant to institutional policy,” among other activities. The administration and faculty of UTRGV will develop tenure and promotion policies and guidelines that are aligned with Regents’ Rule 31006, the Guiding Principles established by the UT System Board of Regents, and any other applicable System-level policies and state laws.
Many large universities have distributed campuses and UTRGV will have campuses and instructional sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley. New campus sites will be built over time and existing campuses will see expansion and new construction. UTRGV will also be a technology leader with its virtual campus which will link the physical regional facilities with students around the world.
No es probable que un estudiante podrá tomar todas sus clases en español. Cómo aspects bilingüe y bicultural se manifestaran de hecho en la UTRGV hasta este punto todavía no se ha determinado. Recomendaciones de un grupo de trabajo de la facultad quedan pendiente.
It is unlikely that a student will be able to take all classes in Spanish. How the bi-literate, bilingual, and bicultural aspects of UTRGV will actually manifest themselves across the university is yet to be determined. Recommendations about this from a working group of faculty are forthcoming.
Students graduating in December 2014 or May 2015 will receive diplomas from either UTPA or UTB. Students graduating after May 2015 will receive diplomas from UTRGV.
When new facilities are designed and programmed, access and parking are key and taken into account by the designers, subject to the availability of space and the constraints of funding.
No decisions have been made about UTRGV’s future employment of our valued staff employees at UTPA and UTB. That said, UT System is working to develop policies and procedures to address the process for how positions at UTRGV will be filled. We expect that more details will be available after the hiring of a dean of the medical school and president of the university.
UT System employee benefits, such as leave and insurance coverage, are required by law to be administered on a uniform basis. Therefore, a person who is currently employed at UTB or UTPA, and who becomes a UTRGV employee, will experience no change in the benefits for which he/she is eligible.
This has not been determined yet.
The process for closure of UT System Institutions, UTPA and UTB, is under consideration at this point. Employment issues will not be discussed until we have a specific plan. UT System is mindful of faculty and staff concerns.
Not yet. Recommendations from the academic working groups are still being formed and will be submitted to the UT System for consideration in February. All recommendations will be presented to the Chancellor of the UT System in April.
The actual logo and other branding elements for UT RGV have not been decided upon yet. The ad hoc logos used in the naming process were not intended to be candidates for the new logo.
The medical school will only offer the MD degree. A Doctor of Physical Therapy program is presently being studied.
Yours is a point raised by several others at various meetings in the last month. A communications working group is scheduled to meet in early February to develop an implementation plan and schedule.
The preliminary plan is for selection of mascot and school colors in the fall of 2014.
As a general rule, administrative and academic units (e.g., a department, division, college, school) that house a degree program will exist across all UT RGV campuses, though some programs will be concentrated at one campus because of special equipment and labs or limited enrollment. So, Music degree programs that were offered at UTB and UTPA will be consolidated into one degree program offered by UT Rio Grande Valley, though specific classes may be offered on one or more campuses based upon student demand and availability of required facilities.
For students who began their degree programs at UTB or UTPA, there will be a phase-out period for those students at UTRGV, so that they can complete their original degree plans as conveniently as is feasible. New students will begin in the new UTRGV degree programs. As a general rule, UTRGV will have only one academic program of a type, wherever the classes are offered. A student seeking an accounting (or engineering) degree will have the same requirements wherever they may live or attend classes. However, some programs will be concentrated at one campus because of special equipment and labs or limited enrollment, but UTRGV will take into account student circumstances in scheduling classes, including for specialized labs.
Just as in other universities, the chair of a department (or director of a degree program) will have to make staffing decisions and assignments based on needs of the institution and its students. Just as in past experience, which has seen the introduction of new tools (computers, projectors, high speed telecommunications capability, powerpoint software, etc), faculty are expected to continually enhance their classroom and learning experience, including adopting whatever new capabilities and technology that will enhance the value of their course to students. If it is the decision of the institution to offer the course by teleconference, then the faculty need to accomplish that to the best of their abilities.
When it begins in 2015, UTRGV will honor scholarships awarded previously by UTB and UTPA that extend multiple years, like the University Scholars Program, as long as the student continues to meet the eligibility criteria. However, if you are asking if, in the meantime, UTPA will honor the scholarships awarded by UTB, or vice versa, you should contact your campus financial aid advisor for an answer to your case. Other scholarships that will be offered by UTRGV once it begins have not been determined yet.
The curriculum is currently in the active planning stages. Final determinations about admissions etc. will await the new Dean. Though interdisciplinary education with nursing, pharmacy. PA, public health and other students is planned, no separate degrees in these areas will be offered in the Medical School.
No changes in Pharmacy or OT are planned at this time. However, as the academic planning process moves forward, this could be modified in the future.
The UT System envisions a Tier One Research University for the Rio Grande Valley, with a starting student population approaching 30,000, that will be a innovation and technological world leader in higher education in both its academic and medical programs. A primary objective of UTRGV will be to achieve national and world recognition by effectively addressing the educational, economic, health, and social needs of people of the Rio Grande Valley.
While programs and course designs for UT RGV have not yet been completed, students can expect to find their courses available in classrooms, online, hybrid of both, and yet undiscovered modes and media. What all will have in common is a commitment and focus on serving 21st Century students in ways that benefit them most.