The President’s Viewpoint
The President’s Viewpoint is a newsletter from the desk of Dr. David Daniel, president of The University of Texas at Dallas.
Current Issue: December, 2014
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On a crystal clear October evening, students, faculty and community supporters joined me in watching pyrotechnics illuminate the sky above campus as we celebrated Realize the Vision: The Campaign for Tier One and Beyond.
Neither a calendar nor cooling temperatures are necessary to cue me to the changing of the seasons. I know it is fall at UT Dallas by the number of students perched in every possible study spot on campus.
As president of a rapidly growing university and as a parent myself, I know how difficult the transition from high school to college can be for first-year students and how life-changing the college experience can be.
In the early 1990s, the federal government launched a 15-year program to map the human genome, and in the process revolutionized the way researchers conducted science.
As I look out my office window, there's no mistaking that the north end of the campus mall is in a bit of upheaval – but for a very good reason.
March Madness hit campus this month. Following terrific conference play by both the women's and the men's basketball teams, the men won the American Southwest Conference Championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III National Tournament.
The University of Texas at Dallas has a particular and distinguished story to tell about its faculty, students, and staff and the excellence and innovative nature of their work and achievements.
Five years ago, UT Dallas quietly began planning for a milestone in its history: our first comprehensive fundraising campaign.
UT Dallas faculty members are passionate about research, discovery and innovation.
Fall is a time of quickening excitement around campus. Students return, among them thousands of freshmen leaving home for the first time. Faculty and staff reconnect and show new colleagues the ropes.
Even as UT Dallas' positive impact in North Texas expands, we're committed to keeping our environmental footprint as small and as light as possible.
If you read our UT Dallas Magazine, perhaps you've noticed one of my favorite features: "A Whoosh Heard 'round the World."
In 2007, Amiee Himler enrolled in UT Dallas' School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics to pursue a bachelor's degree in a field she loves—mathematics.
In its 50th year, the University's Callier Center for Communication Disorders represents the pinnacle of clinical care, research and education.
More than half the counties in Texas desperately need health care professionals, especially physicians, according to recent federal statistics.
While preparing for winter graduation ceremonies recently, I realized that UT Dallas has reached a milestone: more than 2,500 doctoral students have graduated from the University.
A few nights ago, I had the pleasure of announcing our current standing in the ongoing fundraising campaign. We're at $127 million and growing!
It's fall, and campus is abuzz with new students and faculty. It's a great time to review changes at UT Dallas over the past few years and to consider where we are headed.
On March 29, our campus paused to note what will become a milestone in University history—the announcement of our first comprehensive fundraising campaign.
One month before Facebook was founded as a private company, at a time when "twitter" had more to do with birds than with the Internet, UT Dallas began an experiment combining science and engineering with the creative arts and humanities.
Recently, one of our undergrads who applied to several leading medical schools learned that his preference, the University of Michigan, would inform applicants of their status via email at midnight on a certain date.
President Barack Obama recently said, “Let me put colleges and universities on notice: If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down.”
A few weeks ago, The Dallas Morning News nominated Naveen Jindal as a candidate for Texan of the Year, a recognition bestowed annually, and one for which I was deeply honored to be a finalist two years ago.
Fall is my favorite time of year. The temperatures drop and activity on campus picks up. This fall is no exception: with more than 19,000 students, the campus is more vibrant and alive than ever.
Respected as we are in the arenas of research and teaching—and feared in chess circles around the world—the UT Dallas community has long felt the need for something more in terms of the University’s physical presence.
We were 72nd among all public universities in our category. We were 3rd among Texas public universities, trailing UT Austin and Texas A&M. And we were No. 1 among Texas’ seven emerging research universities.
For educators, few experiences equal witnessing a student’s “aha!” moment. Breakthroughs fuel a student’s determination to succeed, and confirm a professor’s worth as a teacher and mentor.
As the semester opens, we have great news to share. We have just announced the receipt of $16.8 million, representing 16 gifts, seven of them $1 million or more—more gifts of that size than have ever been received in one day by our University.
Every two years when the Texas Legislature completes its work, we are reminded of how lucky we are to have the full faith and backing of the State of Texas. We are mindful that we owe our supporters — both our legislative representatives and the citizens they serve — excellent information with which to make decisions about funding requests, and excellent performance on the goals we set.
As preparation for spring commencement got underway, one of the staff noted that this graduation would include the first undergraduate class whose studies took place entirely during my time as president. Four years is what many of us think of as a typical undergraduate’s college career.
In the University’s quest for national standing as a research institution, we often take note of how external authorities recognize excellence at UT Dallas. As UT Dallas becomes known for excellence, however, it’s not enough just to toot the institutional horn about the achievements of our faculty and students.
In era of increasing competition for funding and innovation, when the stakes of commercialization have never been higher or more globally distributed, why would we think about collaborating and sharing the credit for advances?
Successful alumni, especially those who graduated some years ago, often say "I don’t think I would have been admitted to UT Dallas today."
The performance of high school students on math and science tests is a national disgrace, chronicled in books such as the recently published Rising Above the Gathering Storm, from the National Academies Press.
About a year ago, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings issued a report calling for more accountability on the part of universities for outcomes among students—that is, some measure of how students are changed by the experiences they have on America’s college campuses.
Last summer, the UT Dallas school formerly known as Social Sciences became the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, to better reflect its character and work.
UT Dallas is on a journey to transform itself into one of the best universities in the state and nation. Accomplishing this won’t be easy and it won’t be possible without adequate funding.
Some of our longtime campus inhabitants like to describe UT Dallas’ location as “deep in the smart of Texas.” Who can blame them? Our freshmen boast the highest average entering SAT score in Texas; our faculty includes a Nobel laureate, grant-winning researchers and outstanding teachers; our alumni include an astronaut, founders of profitable nanotech companies and more women graduates in the computer sciences than any other university in the nation.
March Madness – UT Dallas Style
UT Dallas celebrated its own brand of March Madness, scoring and winning in several academic venues. We’ll start with the Final Four... of chess. In a matchup that made some consider what you’d get if Bobby Knight coached Bobby Fischer, our chess team outdid itself once again, winning the national championship by beating Duke and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
UT Dallas School of Management
It’s natural, when we think about the success of our programs, to look at how we stack up against others. So, it’s a pleasure to share some excellent news in that regard about our School of Management. As Dean Hasan Pirkul began his eleventh academic year at The University of Texas at Dallas, the SOM was ranked 23rd worldwide in research productivity by the Top One Hundred Business Schools Research Rankings™.
UT Dallas Guaranteed Tuition Plan
We could all benefit from access to a crystal ball that would show us the future, couldn’t we? At The University of Texas at Dallas, we like to say we’re creating the future. One way we’re shaping our vision of what’s to come is by creating a new approach to managing tuition costs.
Arts and Technology... Applied Humanities
The University of Texas at Dallas’ commitment to lead in emerging fields of science and technology is consistent with both our unique history as the brainchild of innovators and our special mission to advance research in the name of economic benefit to Texas.
Update on Project Emmitt
One of the most significant and collaborative economic development projects ever supported by the State of Texas involves an innovative consortium of government, industry and educational institutions spearheaded by Texas Instruments (TI), the State of Texas, The University of Texas System, UT Dallas, City of Richardson, Collin County, Collin County Community College and Plano ISD.
The Future Starts Here
As I watch students returning to campus and enjoy seeing the arrival of our entering freshmen, I am reminded of my first day on the UT Dallas campus a little more than a year ago. Much like our students, I arrived here filled with ambition, hope and possibilities for the future.
New Bill Funds UT Dallas’ Top Priorities
Legislative support is critical to the continued excellence of UT Dallas and our efforts to keep tuition as low as possible. A recently passed bill, HB 153, demonstrates our local state legislators’ continued commitment to supporting our growth.
Investing in Endless Possibilities
“Creating the Future” has become something of a mantra for all of us at UT Dallas because it invokes ideas of potential and possibility.
A Shared Trajectory Toward Greatness
As UT Dallas evolves into a world-class research university, it has the potential to make a great city even greater.
Smart for Dart and UT Dallas
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is considering an expansion project that could potentially put The University of Texas on the light rail map.
The Dallas-Fort Worth area – or the Metroplex, as it also is known — is one of the most dynamic, vital, exciting regions in the United States.
Updated: December 8, 2014