Since its inception, UTD has consciously avoided the structure of traditional universities with traditional academic disciplines that so often become stagnant.  Rather than offer all programs for all people, the University will continue to build upon existing strengths and areas of greatest opportunity, remaining true to the institution’s roots and legacy while addressing the need to change and innovate to meet today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.  This Strategic Plan sets forth a proactive set of bold actions that over time will secure UTD’s place as one of the world’s great universities.


To be one of the nation’s best public research universities and one of the great universities of the world.


The University of Texas at Dallas provides the State of Texas and the nation with excellent, innovative education and research. The University is committed to graduating well-rounded citizens whose education has prepared them for rewarding lives and productive careers in a constantly changing world; to continually improving educational and research programs in the arts and sciences, engineering, and management; and to assisting the commercialization of intellectual capital generated by students, staff, and faculty.


The University of Texas at Dallas aspires to be

  • A first-rank public research university with focused centers of excellence, prepared to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing, technology-driven global society
  • A global force in innovative, transdisciplinary research and education in emerging areas of  technology, science, and learning
  • A ground-breaking leader in both framing and answering the questions faced by business, policy makers, healthcare, and the public
  • A synergistic partner with local industry, government, and cultural organizations as well as local K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities
  • One of the most creative, innovative universities in the nation and world

Strategic Initiatives

Six strategic initiatives form the framework for UTD’s Strategic Planning and provide a roadmap for the University’s future:  

  • Discovering Tomorrow’s Inventions Today
  • Preparing Students for Tomorrow’s Challenges
  • Managing Change in a Constantly Changing Society
  • Securing the Safety of the Future
  • Improving the Health and Quality of Life of Individuals and Society
  • Making a Great City Even Greater 

Each initiative includes specific action items to provide a focused, accountable pathway to success.  The initiatives involve collaborative efforts among the various Schools at the University, other Texas universities and community colleges, and local governments and businesses.  These initiatives will allow faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members to engage in dynamic partnerships that will move the University forward in its quest to be one of the nation’s premier public research universities.

Administrative Imperatives

UTD must continue to grow if the University is to become one of the nation’s best public research universities.  This plan includes sixteen benchmark universities and sets forth eight administrative imperatives:

  • Double the Size of the Faculty (800 tenure-system faculty members)
  • Add 5,000 New Students (15,000 full-time students)
  • More than Double Research Funding ($100,000,000 in annual research expenditures)
  • Tell UTD’s Story Better (Fund an aggressive marketing and communications effort)
  • Improve Annual Giving and Endowment ($320M endowment)
  • Increase Number of Ph.D.s Granted (300 doctoral degrees annually)
  • Enhance Graduation Rates (20% increase at 4, 5, and 6 year levels)
  • Reduce Costs (Develop metrics to assess and optimize business and administrative costs)

The Strategic Plan sets specific 5, 10, and 20 year measures to gauge the success of these imperatives and to provide targets that will guide the growth process.  The plan also accentuates the need to maintain the high quality of the current student body while increasing diversity.


Implementation of the Strategic Plan will be a shared responsibility across the institution.  Each School and each administrative unit will develop and maintain its own Strategic Plan, vetted and approved by the University.  The University will develop and maintain a business plan that will ensure that the University has the resources and business practices necessary to achieve its objectives.  Further, the University will develop and maintain a detailed set of metrics that will allow it to define and measure progress toward achieving each of its strategic objectives.  The President will report annually on the progress achieved toward the implementation of the plan.  The UTD Development Board will actively assist with implementing and raising funds for the plan.  At the three-year mark, the institution will perform a detailed and critical review of the plan, and make changes as appropriate to ensure that it is a living document.

Updated: May 1, 2012