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    Innovation, Creativity Common Among Outstanding Teaching Awardees

    Posted by UT System

    on Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards Medal

    A little more than a decade ago, Charlotte Canning had an intriguing thought for teaching her students in her undergraduate theatre history class at The University of Texas at Austin.

    How Innovation, Adaptation will Strengthen our Institutions

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Thursday, May 12, 2011

    Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.I was given the opportunity to address the University of Texas System Board of Regents this morning at its quarterly meeting, and I wanted to share my remarks with you.

    I used the occasion to express my observations about why our universities must be innovative and adaptive in these changing times, and I introduced an analytics framework that the UT System has been developing for several months to help UT institutions become even more productive, transparent, and accountable to the people of Texas. I asked the Board for its support of my framework as the plan for advancing our institutions, and I asked for the Board’s support to allow the outstanding UT presidents the opportunity to lead and implement the plan on their respective campuses.

    I am pleased to report the Board of Regents adopted my recommendations unanimously for this new framework, and I am confident it will further advance excellence throughout the UT System.

    Update on The Session

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.I send this message to you on Texas Independence Day, 175 years after the first Texas delegates met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to write the Texas Declaration of Independence. Those were uncertain times, but they came together with strong resolve and the certainty that greatness lay ahead for Texas if they showed leadership and courage.

    The challenges we Texans face today are not as monumental, but we have this much in common: Great challenges present great opportunities. For those of us in higher education today, this is a special opportunity to serve and graduate more students, to improve the quality of their education, and to make a University of Texas education affordable to a greater number of Texas families.

    The 82nd Regular Session of the Texas Legislature is well under way, and we are working with lawmakers to make our priorities known and to become part of the solution to the challenges our state is facing. We know that if we are looking for public support, we must continue to put our own house in order. Over the past four years, the UT System can document $1.4 billion in savings, avoided costs, new revenue generated, and reduction of the size of System administration. As legislators look at the specifics of the 2012-2013 state budget, we are asking them to

    • Ensure that the share of spending on higher education is not reduced further.
    • Commit proportionate additional funding to higher education as a strategic investment that will improve lives and build the Texas economy.
    • Give flexibility to university systems and institutions to manage the impacts of any budget reductions.
    • Give university systems the flexibility to eliminate or sunset reporting and regulatory burdens.

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