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President Karbhari and UTA in the News

Careers in the arts

Friday, July 19, 2019

While other universities have chosen to cut arts programs, pointing to declining enrollment numbers in these fields, UTA has responded in a very different way to the changing landscape of arts education, Inside Higher Ed reported. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said that as trends continue to change in regards to liberal arts, he hopes to continue to show the value of a degree when put in the right economic context.

Interdisciplinary research grants

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

UTA awarded six research grants to interdisciplinary teams focusing on key areas related to health, decision-making, human interaction and advanced materials, Targeted News Service reported. The Interdisciplinary Research Program, launched in 2015 by UTA President Vistasp Karbhari and Vice President for Research Duane Dimos, provides grants of up to $20,000 to help UTA research groups advance their work and become more competitive for external funding.

Wendell Nedderman

Friday, May 10, 2019

Dr. Wendell Nedderman, who was president of UTA for 20 years, died on Wednesday, May 8, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, CBS 11 DFW and the Fort Worth Business Press reported. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said Nedderman set the foundation and trajectory for the transition from a small college to one of the largest and best-reputed universities in Texas.

College completion panel

Monday, April 15, 2019

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari participated in a panel of three higher education leaders hosted by The Texas Tribune to discuss how the state can elevate college completion rates, The Daily Texan reported. Karbhari said measuring student success with four- and six-year degree completion rates ignores nontraditional students, adult learners and community college transfers, who make up approximately 50% of UTA’s student population.

Completion discussion

Friday, April 12, 2019

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari is one of the panelists at a Texas Tribune roundtable on college completion today, The Eagle in Bryan-College Station reported.

Higher education funding

Friday, April 5, 2019

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari praised state lawmakers for approving higher education budget increases in The Dallas Morning News’ Points from Austin. In a more in-depth Dallas Morning News article about what UTA and other North Texas universities received, Karbhari said the lawmakers’ commitment allows higher education to serve a growing population, ensure economic development and sustain research.

Strategic plan update

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

About 60 faculty members from across the UTA campus attended the first of a series of symposiums aimed at determining the progress the University has made in its strategic plan themes, Targeted News Service reported. The next syposium, focused on global environmental impact, starts at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at The Commons.

Answering workforce needs

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Preparing college students to become highly skilled professionals and answer the needs of a changing workforce are demands that UTA faces now and in the future, UTA President Vistasp Karbhari wrote in a TribTalk op-ed. TribTalk is a publication of The Texas Tribune. Karbhari said that vision requires increased options for Texans of all backgrounds and at any stage of life.

Tier One march

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Texas cannot slow down now as more universities, including UTA, head toward Tier One status, an op-ed for The Dallas Morning News said. The column said that as a result of faculty and research achievements, The University of Texas at Arlington is approaching National Research University Fund eligibility. Dan Branch, former state representative and chair of the House Higher Education Committee, wrote the op-ed.

President's testimony

Monday, February 18, 2019

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari testified before the state House and Senate appropriations committees about the University’s capital spending request to replace a building that houses the School of Social Work, the Austin American-Statesman reported in a story recapping early testimony from university officials from across the state.

Tier 1 benchmark

Friday, February 15, 2019

UTA has reached another benchmark toward becoming a Tier 1 research university with Dereje Agonafer, a UTA mechanical engineering professor, being elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UTA must maintain the benchmarks for two years — then the University can have access to the state’s pool of dollars known as the National Research University Fund. UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari said, “Number one, it provides us with the recognition close on the heels of UT Dallas. It also provides us additional funds to recruit top faculty and maintain the ones we have.”

Record-breaking enrollment

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

UTA’s Spring 2019 record-breaking enrollment is up about 3 percent when compared to Spring 2018 figures, KTVT CBS 11,, the Fort Worth Business Press, KLIF 570 AM and WBAP 820 AM reported.

UTA degrees awarded

Monday, January 7, 2019

About 5,400 degrees were awarded at UTA in December, East Texas Matters reported in a story that said the UT System institutions granted more than 22,000 new degrees last month. UTA led all UT System institutions with the number of degrees awarded.

Friday, December 21, 2018

A government shutdown will not be as bad as some people expect, says Alan Saxe, associate professor of political science. Saxe told KLIF-AM and WBAP-AM radio that federal employees will not be paid during the shutdown, but will be when the government is working again.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

UTA Provost Teik C. Lim, also a professor of mechanical engineering, and L.K. Mestha, an affiliated adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, EurekaAlert! and Scienmag reported. Lim and Mestha bring the total number of UTA fellows to 14, the highest number for a Texas university.

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