Stimulating Progress Through Intellectual Adventure
The value of UT Arlington extends far beyond producing graduates who can drive economic growth. The University also broadens horizons and enlightens minds through an expansive range of cultural, outreach, and educational programs.
FUELING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The North Texas economy is driven by industries focused on national defense, information technologies, energy, bioengineering, and health care, and by the numerous companies that support those interests.
With highly skilled graduates and a burgeoning research enterprise, UT Arlington is strategically positioned to supply both the human capital and the innovation to keep these key sectors competitive and thriving.
Of the University's more than 154,000 alumni, about 106,000 live in North Texas and contribute to UT Arlington's annual economic impact of more than $1 billion in the region. Total research expenditures of about $66 million annually produce ideas and products that spur new business ventures.
Additionally, more than $300 million in campus construction projects in the past two years has created significant employment opportunities and sparked spinoff residential and commercial development in downtown Arlington. The 4,400 students who live on campus are driving demand for these new businesses and services.
SUPPLYING AN EDUCATED WORKFORCE
Some of the world's largest corporations call North Texas home. ExxonMobil, AT&T, AMR, Texas Instruments, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, and Energy Future Holdings are among the two dozen Fortune 500 companies headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
Ask executives at any of these firms and they'll tell you that hiring talented, dedicated employees is the key to success. Dig deeper and you'll discover UT Arlington's stellar reputation for preparing its graduates to help the business giants thrive.
UT Arlington alumni hold leadership positions at all 24 of the area's Fortune 500 companies. One of those is David Campbell, vice president for safety, security, and environmental at American Airlines. A 2007 MBA graduate, Campbell oversees regulatory relationships with the Federal Aviation Administration, National Transportation Safety Board, and other agencies and manages the company's broad-based sustainability initiatives.
"UTA provides real-world applications of business processes, which is one of the most powerful tools the University has in its belt," he says. "This allows a job candidate or leader in the workplace to be successful."
UT Arlington awarded a record 7,647 degrees in the 2010-11 academic year, creating a greater pool of alumni from which Texas businesses, both large and small, can hire the educated employees they demand.
LIFETIME OF LEARNING
Learning something new can enhance your job clout and boost your résumé, especially in trying economic times. Last year more than 21,000 people turned to UT Arlington's Division for Enterprise Development for a new skill, a new career, or help climbing the company ladder.
"People come to our courses for a variety of reasons," says Teresea Madden-Thompson, assistant vice president for the Division for Enterprise Development. "For example, our Health Careers Institute often serves people who are unemployed or underemployed and are seeking skills to enter a new field."
The Division for Enterprise Development has added more than 10 professional certification programs, including social media marketing and facility management, and boasts the leading Occupational Safety and Health Administration training center in the country with more than 6,500 students.
In 2010-11 the Center for Transportation Training and Services trained almost 11,000 people who design, build, and maintain public roadways.