By 2020, the demand for nurses in the U.S. will exceed supply by 800,000. That’s equivalent to the amount of nurses needed to staff 400 large metropolitan hospitals. It’s a shortage Dean Elizabeth Poster is well aware of and UT Arlington is prepared to solve. Using non-traditional learning methods and cutting edge facilities, we’re ensuring that when the world asks if there will be enough well-trained, highly skilled nurses available, the answer will be “Yes.”
Creating sustainable growth is about more than just an easier commute—it’s about making sure the growth happens in a way that is healthy for the long term. That requires study, research, and collaboration across numerous schools and colleges, from civil engineering to architecture to urban and public affairs. And no one is better equipped to do this than UT Arlington. Situated in the nation’s fastest-growing metroplex, we have the deep research insights and real-world innovations from practice areas like the Center for Metropolitan Density to make sure that we can address the challenges of sustainable development in the 21st century—and a whole new world of yes.
If it were its own country, North Texas would be among the world’s top 40 economies. We are larger than 35 states. And our competitors are global. UT Arlington has a global perspective. We’re preparing students with a working knowledge of all it takes to be successful in this environment: everything from critical languages to economic influences. We create global connections in our study abroad program—which has one of the highest participation rates in the country—and are proud to be home to one of the nation’s most diverse campuses. These are just a few of the reasons why our graduates can adapt, contribute, and meet any challenge in their careers, anywhere. And how we can say “yes” in any language.
It's on the way—an unprecedented surge in high school students (many of them the children of recruits to the region’s growing corporations). Because of UT Arlington, they have greater options than ever. For years, our education programs have been the teacher of teachers, and our faculty has been the force behind shaping new educational policy. We’re creating a better educational system not just to prepare K-12 students for a globally competitive job market, but also to spur economic growth for local businesses. Because a strong educational system is key to the health of communities. It’s one important factor in helping families grow, businesses attract the best talent, and economies expand and thrive. And that’s better for everyone.
Richard Florida, an expert on economic prosperity and founder of the Creative Class Group, is partnering with UT Arlington to examine how the future of the Metroplex could be shaped by knowledge and innovation. Like Richard, we believe that creativity translates to economic power. A vibrant cultural scene, strengthened by a mix of theaters and galleries, draws patrons to areas that may have seen little economic activity. Soon, businesses catering to these visitors appear and neighborhoods can be infused with renewed vitality. And that’s just one reason why we invest in a thriving arts community on campus; developing outstanding programs like our world-renowned glass blowing as well as music and film. But even more important, we’ve created a place where artists of all kinds can delve into their mediums in order to become true working artists.
UT Arlington’s J.C. Chiao is developing tiny, wireless sensors to better diagnose and treat illnesses of the esophagus. It’s just one example of how health care solutions can emerge from unexpected places and how real innovation in health care depends on crossing disciplinary boundaries. Ideas originating in electrical engineering, bioengineering, the Advanced Controls and Sensors Group, and the Center for Nanostructured Materials show promise for new cancer therapies, narcotic-free pain management, autism diagnosis, and a range of other breakthroughs. They’re vital to finding the way forward. And they’re how our research improves the quality of life for everyone.
A full 52 percent of UT Arlington students are the first in their family to go to college. This is how American futures are built. Our students don’t take success lightly—they plan it. Build it. Earn it. Providing pathways to achievement for 100 percent of UT Arlington students is a task we take to heart. Students with dreams deserve it. And not only that: College degree holders earn more than non-degree holders—$650,000 more over the course of a lifetime, in fact. That strengthens our economies, while the work they do strengthens our communities.