Office of the President

UT Dallas Annual Report for 2014

From the President

It takes a team to build a great university. As I review the details of this report it is clear that the accomplishments recounted here are the result of extraordinary teamwork by the University's most important asset — its people. The chief academic officer and his deans, the faculty, the staff and most importantly, our students: each plays a valued part in moving UT Dallas forward.

This report documents a year’s worth of progress in what has been a critical decade for UT Dallas. In 2004, the Washington Advisory Group defined our main obstacle to becoming a Tier One research institution — our size. Since that report was issued, UT Dallas has become one of the fastest-growing universities in Texas, exceeding our plan to increase the size of the student body and faculty by 5 percent a year. We enrolled more than 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students this fall — up 9 percent from a year ago, part of a 35 percent rise in five years. I am exceptionally proud that growth at this University occurred with continued improvement in our already-high academic standards.

We aren't building just for the sake of being bigger. Our growth signals that we are preparing to compete among the best public universities in America. We are positively positioned to attract research dollars, hire prominent faculty, award an increasing number of doctoral degrees and admit high-quality students. This year’s freshman class includes 100 National Merit Scholars, bringing the total number of scholars at UT Dallas to 285, while the average SAT score for our freshman class continues to be among the highest for public universities in the state.

The progress of our campus transformation — a necessary response to our growth — provides tangible representation of our remarkable trajectory. It also underlines one of the key challenges of coping with our success. Providing adequate classroom space and instructional capacity remain top priorities.

With every marker that points to us drawing closer to undisputed status as a major national research university, UT Dallas demonstrates its value as an intellectual engine that spurs economic growth and innovation for our city, our state and our nation.

David E. Daniel

Updated: March 9, 2015