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Notes from the Dean

Dean Bavier
“The college’s mission is to be the focal point for the University’s strategic focus on health and the human condition.”

A new era—a new magazine. I joined UT Arlington in August 2014 and shortly thereafter kinesiology and nursing combined to form the new College of Nursing and Health Innovation. The college’s mission is to be the focal point for the University’s strategic focus on health and the human condition. Our vision is to become the destination for those who wish to excel in research, education, and service that advance the human condition nationally and worldwide.

This is my third deanship. It is my favorite job throughout my varied career in education, government service, and numerous voluntary positions. This place is perfect for me—I thoroughly enjoy being dean. Our University is striving to become the model urban university. It is on the move! Creating new opportunities for discovery, education, and service is the hallmark of the college, and you will find some of the excitement on the pages that follow.

Both kinesiology and nursing are strong academic units with a total enrollment of more than 14,000 students—most are nursing students enrolled in online classes. We can be large because our faculty members never compromise quality in the expansion of programs. Our new nurses have pass rates on licensing exams that exceed the state and national averages, topping 90 percent, with a 90 percent-plus retention rate.

More than a thousand students are enrolled in our kinesiology program. Those taking exams to be certified as athletic trainers boast a remarkable 100 percent pass rate. Awesome!

I love to meet alumni and friends and will continue to be out and about seeking to meet you in person to tell the story of our college. Meanwhile, enjoy UT Arlington Health and get to know us better.

Anne R. Bavier, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Dean, College of Nursing and Health Innovation