"Growth and success is really everywhere" on campus, Mabry said, in delivering a state-of-the-university speech in the R. Don Cowan Fine & Performing Arts Center
The gathering was "to celebrate our growth, celebrate faculty and student success and to look at what is in store," Mabry said.
Enrollment is expected to grow 7 or 8 percent this fall, nearing the 8,000 mark. That's "a great accomplishment when most universities are flat or losing enrollment," Mabry said.
Enrollment has nearly doubled in the last 10 years and the number of degrees awarded annually has more than doubled, Mabry said. The number of degrees awarded has increased from 803 in 2003 to 1,775 in 2013.
During that period, the faculty grew from 293 to 484 and the number of colleges within the university went from five to seven.
It is dedicated to turning out well-rounded university men and women. That means, Mabry said, that graduates are supposed to have a sense of personal responsibility, produce at a high level, they are ethical, make positive decisions, are willing and effective leaders and solid citizens.
It is a friendly learning environment with first-rate facilities and a world-class staff, Mabry said. Another thing that sets it apart is its lower student-faculty ratio.
"We continue to maintain a 16 to 1 student/faculty ratio, the lowest in the UT System, which means faculty interact with students," Mabry said.
"Together we've accomplished much in the last 10 years; we've been busy teaching students with the latest technology. We've added new academic programs and we've added buildings and renovated others and expanded others," Mabry said, also saying student life opportunities have been enhanced.
Programs added since 2004, Mabry said, include the
Expenditures for sponsored research are projected to total
Not only has UT
Last year's postgraduate enrollment increased by 14 percent and is expected to increase 20 percent this fall.
Construction projects on the
"We work hard to have first-rate facilities for students and faculty," Mabry said.
Student awards and accomplishments in 2013-14 included distinguished awards for the model UN, a 100 percent certification pass rate in industrial technology, criminal justice graduates in the top 5 percent nationally on a field test, and chemistry graduates in the top 6 percent nationally on a field test.
On the athletic front, Mabry noted, UT
Student athletes contributed 2,805 hours of community service, Mabry pointed out.
Coming up, Mabry said, are work on a strategic plan, creation of a new campus master plan and rollout of a new marketing campaign.
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