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On the Map: Affordable Excellence
On the map: Affordable Excellence

U.S. News & World Report's map of the colleges and universities in the nation that graduate students with the least amount of debt associated with their degrees featured only one Texas school in the top 25 — The University of Texas at Arlington. UTA came in second only to Princeton in the lowest average amount students owe for their degrees upon graduating — $14,743 — well under the national average of $18,587 among the universities surveyed for the rankings, according to U.S. News. Lingering and unmanageable debt from loans taken out to finance a college education has become a topic of national dialogue in recent years. "At UTA we are focusing our efforts on providing students with an extremely high quality degree which prepares them to join the workforce ready to contribute, at an affordable price — one of the most affordable, in fact, in the nation," UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said. READ MORE

Helping Students Succeed
Helping Students Succeed

Researchers at UTA are working with Boeing and NASA to better understand the role that social networks play in the completion rates and academic performance of students taking online courses. "Learning online is exploding in popularity, as is the research evaluating how to best learn with technology," said George Siemens, executive director of UTA's Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab and principal investigator of the study. "This project with LINK Research Lab will examine how social networks contribute to student success." The researchers are studying the performance of students in an online four-course certification program in engineering. READ MORE.

Top 3% in Nation
Top 3% In Nation

UTA is the highest ranked public institution in North Texas and one of the highest ranked in the state for preparing students to be successful elementary school teachers, according to the National Council on Teacher Quality. The NCTQ is a non-partisan research and policy group that evaluates teacher preparation programs. The NCTQ's 2016 Landscape in Teacher Preparation examined 875 undergraduate elementary teacher programs in 396 public and 479 private colleges and universities across the United States. UTA's undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program ranked 24th nationally, placing it in the nation's top 3 percent. READ MORE

JT Wenger Named UTA Volleyball Coach

Regarded as one of the top young coaches in the nation, J.T. Wenger — a former assistant at UCLA, Colorado, and Michigan State — has been named the head coach of the UTA volleyball program. Athletics Director Jim Baker announced Wenger's hiring on Wednesday. READ MORE

Landing First Job

UTA alumna Evelyn Wang credits the University's unique partnership with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments for the job offer she received while still a student at UTA. Evelyn has two degrees from UTA – a B.S. in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry – and is now an application scientist at Shimadzu's North American headquarters. WATCH HER STORY

Faculty Honors

J.-C. Chiao and Frank Lewis, both electrical engineering professors at UTA, have been named fellows of leading academic associations. Chiao will be inducted as a fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, "for achievements in micro medical devices and systems." The American Association for the Advancement of Science recently elected Lewis a fellow, citing him for his "contributions in developing new neural adaptive control architectures, parameter tuning algorithms, and techniques with improved performance for nonlinear control systems." READ MORE

Military Appreciation Night at College Park Center
Mark Your Calendar

February 4 | Saturday

Military Appreciation Day | Join us as we salute military service members at the February 4 basketball doubleheader against Texas State at College Park Center. Admission is free for all active and inactive military personnel and the first 250 fans receive a free lapel pin. The Lady Mavs tip-off at 2 pm followed by the men's team at 4:30 pm. GET YOUR TICKETS

February 11 | Saturday

Health Professionals Day | The second annual Health Professionals Day hosted by the College of Nursing and Health Innovation will focus on raising awareness for heart health and will feature a health rally prior to the men's basketball game. The event starts at 3 pm with giveaways, a buffet, and VIP section seating for the game. REGISTER HERE

February 16 | Thursday

MSS: Kevin O'Leary | Popular business entrepreneur and TV personality Kevin O'Leary is coming to campus as the first Maverick Speakers Series event in 2017. O'Leary will present Swimming with a Shark - An Evening with Kevin O'Leary at College Park Center. Audience Q&A and book-signing will follow the lecture. GET YOUR TICKETS

February 22 | Wednesday

All Majors Job Fair | More than 160 employers are expected to attend the spring 2017 All Majors Job Fair at the Maverick Activities Center Gym on UTA's campus. The fair will run from 10 am to 3 pm. Alumni are invited to attend. No registration is required. Visit the Career Development Center website to view a list of attending employers. READ MORE

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