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President's Message

President Karbhari

I’ve often described UTA as a university of IDEAS—committed to Innovation, Diversity, Excellence, Access, and Student Success. As the 5th-fastest growing university in the country, one of the very few that is designated as both a Carnegie R-1 institution and a Hispanic-Serving Institution, ranked No. 1 in the state of Texas for veterans and adult learners, and most recently listed by U.S. News & World Report in its top tier of national universities, UTA is continuing on its journey to pre-eminence, setting standards for others to follow. Very few universities can lay claim to simultaneously increasing enrollment and substantially enhancing degree attainment, graduation rates, and the number of degrees awarded while continuing to be a leader in innovation in the delivery of knowledge. Our tremendously talented faculty and dedicated staff not only make this possible, they keep striving for, and achieving, ever higher levels of excellence.

From the introduction of new degree programs such as the bachelor’s degree in public health to the initiation of new fully online MBA degrees, our faculty are constantly innovating ensuring that our students are exposed to a constantly evolving curriculum based on the latest knowledge, and best practices, unconstrained by barriers of time, space and location. We were privileged to welcome over 70 new faculty this fall with the promise of even more joining in spring. Recruited from the top institutions from across the nation, and globe, our new colleagues bring tremendous levels of expertise and dynamism to UTA in areas such as sustainability and water politics, data analytics, organizational leadership and machine learning, artificial intelligence, crowd and social sensing, strategic communications, health disparities and child mental health policy, at-risk youth, bone biology, and so many more areas of intense discovery and enquiry. Two new Deans, Adrian Parr in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs, and Harry Dombroski in the College of Business add new dimensions to our leadership bringing with them fresh ideas and vision for a university that, is increasingly engaged with the communities it serves and, has global impact. Our University serves as a generator of ideas, as a catalyst for innovation and of intellectual capital, simultaneously imparting dynamism through entrepreneurship and a resilience through the ability to constantly re-envision the future.

Our research enterprise continues to flourish with expenditures crossing the $100 million mark in the last fiscal year, attaining yet another milestone. Our faculty, staff, and students are not only at the forefront of discovery and enquiry based on the scholarship of our high-energy physicists, our health science researchers, materials scientists, and aerospace engineers, but are also engaged in drug discovery, innovation, and commercialization. Our campus is filled with bright young minds. Our students come here to learn, they generate ideas and the enhanced understanding of the frontiers of human knowledge, they work on developing new technologies and concepts, they are involved in the creative arts, and in entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology commercialization, and they are a vital part of preparing for the megacity of the future, impacting the lives of millions of people, locally, and across the globe.

UTA has always been defined by its Mavericks, asking “why not” rather than “why,” striving to attain that which others may have considered impossible, and with every day we come closer to our goal of being the model 21st Century Urban Research University. This booklet gives a glimpse of our journey over the past six months. I hope the highlights captivate you and demonstrate the excellence of our faculty, students, and staff as they continue to set standards for others to follow.

Vistasp M. Karbhari