Vision articulated into a plan results in plenty of ambitious goals at UT Dallas. Read about what we will accomplish in the next few years.
Tier One schools must have at least $400 million in endowments. For the 2011 fiscal year, donors to UT Dallas helped shatter records for nearly every measure used to gauge private support. In addition to 50 new endowed funds, total gifts and pledges exceeded $55 million for the year, measured from Sept. 1, 2010 to Aug. 31, 2011. The endowed funds total eclipsed the previous year's 38, which was also a record. The total number of funds comprising the UT Dallas endowment has more than doubled in just the past five years, rising from 106 in 2005 to more than 250 today.
UT Dallas needs to build the size of its faculty from the current 454 to somewhere between 700 and 900 individuals, both to build the research program and to expand the academic offerings that serve students.
The recent addition of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, the nation's oldest for all academic disciplines, is another milestone for UT Dallas and one of the qualifying benchmarks for the National Research University Fund.
The University has among the best-prepared incoming freshmen each year in the state. 42 percent of freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and 73 percent ranked in the top 25 percent. As of Fall 2011, the average SAT score for entering freshmen was 1248; the average ACT score was 27.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board requested strategic plans from each of Texas' emerging research universities. The plans describe each institution's strategies to develop into a national research university and address specific issues and questions specified by the Board. This document presents the plan for UT Dallas.