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UTA administrator to address national issues in higher education

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 •

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A University of Texas at Arlington administrator has been appointed to the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce, Policy and Global Affairs.

Meghna Tare

Meghna Tare

Meghna Tare, UTA’s executive director of the Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact, will serve a three-year term on the board.

The Board on Higher Education and Workforce, Policy and Global Affairs is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and provides independent objective analysis and advice to the nation to help solve complex problems and inform policy decisions.

It conducts analyses and crafts state and federal policy recommendations aimed at increasing the quality of higher education across the country. It is charged with overseeing a portfolio of studies on national issues regarding higher education, research universities and the nation’s science and engineering workforce.

“I’m honored to serve on this board,” Tare said. “We will have a particular focus on helping prepare the next generation of scientists, engineers and technologically savvy workers who can contribute to our 21st century economy and also enhance our society and quality of life.”

John Hall, UTA vice president for administration and campus operations, said Tare’s work on this national board will contribute to what is learned at this University.

“UTA can only benefit from the national exposure. I’m sure Meghna will spread the word of positive programs that UTA is currently doing,” Hall said. “And, we certainly can learn from what’s being done on the national stage.”

The board is examining strategies for increasing state and federal investments in higher education, raising productivity and efficiency on campuses, closing the equity gap, and increasing the quality of science, technical, engineering and mathematics education and training in two-year, four-year and research institutions

The board prepares and sustains the nation’s science and engineering workforce, which is the foundation for the country’s global leadership in science, medicine and technology and a key to its economic competitiveness.

The Academies provides nonpartisan, objective guidance for decision makers on pressing issues and a blueprint for progress. By shining a spotlight on subjects and facilitating dialogue across disciplines, the Academies’ work advances understanding of critical issues. The National Academies also convenes workshops, symposia and other events that bring together experts and practitioners to consider issues related to science, engineering and medicine, and their implications for policy and practice.

Tare also serves on the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Economic and Social Sustainability for Airports.

In addition, UTA recently won a prestigious Excellence in Sustainability Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers, or NACUBO.

The annual NACUBO Awards recognize institutional success in various areas. The Excellence in Sustainability Award is earned by institutions that have demonstrated excellence and innovation in sustainability leadership, including financial, facilities, operational, environmental, community and climate. UTA was one of three universities earning the award this year. UCLA and the University of Minnesota, Morris, were the other two honored.