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    A November to remember

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Tuesday, December 4, 2012

    Early in November, I attended the memorial service for Coach Darrell Royal at UT Austin’s Frank Erwin Center. A thousand friends and fans were there to pay tribute to the legendary football coach. Among many wonderful accomplishments, he will be remembered for his three national championships and the innovative wishbone offense. We also honor him because he was the first football coach in the country to hire an academic counselor and provide academic support services for student-athletes.

    Recap of regents' Nov.14-15 meeting

    Posted by UT System

    on Friday, November 16, 2012

    The University of Texas System Board of Regents discussed and took action on several agenda items on November 14 and 15. Highlights of the meeting include:

    • The Board authorized the establishment of a scholarship endowment to honor Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa. “Each year that Dr. Cigarroa has served as chancellor, the Board of Regents has voted to award him a salary increase. And each year, the chancellor has declined that increase,” said Chairman Gene Powell. “We are honored to have the opportunity to reward Chancellor Cigarroa for his exceptional work in a way that is truly valuable to him.” The scholarship endowment will support students attending the new medical school in South Texas.
    • The Regents approved a plan to consolidate the UT System Administration offices, currently located in five antiquated buildings, into one modern, highly efficient office building on property already owned by the UT System in downtown Austin. Cost savings are projected to average between $2 million and $8 million per year over the next three decades. Aggressively seeking savings in operation costs and reinvesting those savings in Texas students is a primary focus of the Framework for Advancing Excellence. 
    • An amendment of the Regents' Rules and Regulations adding a Milestone Agreement Form between Ph.D. students and their department. Starting Fall 2013, students seeking a Ph.D. at System institutions will sign tailored agreements with their departments that specify when they are expected to graduate and when they are expected to reach required academic milestones. It’s an important step in ensuring doctoral students receive their degrees in an efficient and timely manner. The new agreement promises to enhance academic advising for Ph.D. students and emphasizes a considerable responsibility on advisors to guide students through the program.    
    • The Regents took an important step to battle alcohol and drug abuse by approving the establishment of Collegiate Recovery Centers at eight of the System’s nine academic institutions. UT Austin is already home to the Center for Students in Recovery (CSR) and is a national leader in the burgeoning collegiate recovery movement and will lead the implementation of the new campus centers. “The Board of Regents has a sincere interest in ensuring the success of its students both in and out of the classroom,” said Steve Hicks, Vice Chairman of the Board of Regents. “We are profoundly grateful to UT Austin and its Center for Students in Recovery for leading an effort to implement more recovery programs across all campuses. And we are incredibly proud of our students who seek support and help when they need it.” 
    • The Regents created two task forces to study and make recommendations to the board on issues important to system institutions: the Task Force on Best Practices Regarding Affiliated Foundation Relationships and the Joint Engineering Education Task Force. Chairman Powell also asked the chairs of the board’s Facilities Planning and Construction Committee and Academic Affairs Committee to work together to review the design process for facilities. The Regents
      want to be sure that new buildings are being designed for classes of the 21st Century and technology needs and changing space requirements are taken into consideration. “It is critical to be sure new academic facilities are built for the future, not the traditional past” Powell said.

    Medical school coming to UT Austin

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Thursday, November 8, 2012

    A new UT medical school is on its way! On Tuesday night, voters in Travis County gave an emphatic endorsement for a medical school at The University of Texas at Austin by approving Proposition 1, signaling their support for both a UT Austin school of medicine and creating an essential healthcare safety net in the Austin community.


    Advancing Texas

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Monday, October 22, 2012

    In late August, as students were arriving on UT campuses across the state to begin the fall semester, I updated the Board of Regents – and the public – on our first full year of progress in implementing the Action Plan of the Framework for Advancing Excellence throughout the UT System.

    As you know, the Action Plan is focused on nine overarching goals, including improving undergraduate student access and success, enhancing efficiencies and productivity, transforming medical education and much more. We are proud of the many advancements made over the past year at all 15 UT System institutions. We will continue to use the Action Plan as our guidepost to become the best among our national peers.  

    UT System joins edX

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Friday, October 19, 2012

    Last week, by unanimous vote, the Regents approved our partnership with three of the nation’s most prestigious universities – MIT, Harvard, and the University of California at Berkeley – in an online initiative that will enrich the educational experiences of our students, help them graduate on time, and lower the cost curve of a college education. 

    Building the Bridge: Maintaining Quality in the Face of Change

    Posted by UT System

    on Friday, September 21, 2012

    Building the Bridge: Maintaining Quality in the Face of Change, the fourth University of Texas System Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Conference and Recognition Event, took place September 20-21 in San Antonio. The event brought together doctors, clinicians and students from across The University of Texas System to learn and share ideas and best practices.

    The conference opened with a keynote presentation from Dr. David Wennberg, CEO of Northern New England Accountable Care Collaborative, titled “Making Shared Decision Part of Usual Care.” Dr. Reed Tuckson, Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group, provided an insurer's perspective during a lunch presentation. Dr. Christine Cassel, President and CEO of the American Board of Internal Medicine, gave the Friday morning keynote address titled “Professionalism and Accountability: The Vital Link to Quality of Care.”

    Recap of Regents' August 22-23 Meeting

    Posted by UT System

    on Friday, August 24, 2012

    The University of Texas System Board of Regents discussed and took action on numerous agenda items on August 22 and 23. Highlights of the meeting include:

    Awards and Accolades

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    I take the opportunity to highlight three newsworthy items related to excellence within The University of Texas System. Over the past few weeks, several UT System institutions were recognized as being among the best in the United States and beyond, and a significant group of UT System faculty members were honored for teaching excellence by the Board of Regents.

    U.S. News & World Report issued its annual “Best Hospitals” edition on Tuesday. I am thrilled to report UT MD Anderson remains the No. 1 hospital for cancer care in the country – a recognition it earned for the sixth year in a row, and the ninth time in the past 11 years – and several specialty programs at UT Southwestern Medical Center were recognized by the publication.  And, many specialty programs at our affiliated hospitals and institutes were cited by U.S. News, including Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center; The Texas Heart Institute; TIRR Memorial Hermann; Parkland Hospital; and San Antonio’s University Hospital. 

    Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., Participates in White House Discussion about Cost Transparency

    Posted by Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa

    on Friday, June 22, 2012

    University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., participated in a roundtable discussion at The White House about the transparency of college and university costs to students and their families. Cigarroa was one of ten leaders of colleges and universities invited to attend the event, which was hosted by Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Richard Cordray and Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz.

    “I am honored to have had the opportunity to participate in a discussion about the importance of cost transparency with Vice President Biden, Education Secretary Duncan, senior White House officials and colleagues at other universities and colleges,” Cigarroa said. “Undergraduate student access and success is an integral part of my Framework for Advancing Excellence Across The University of Texas System, which the Board of Regents unanimously approved last August. Providing students and their families with clear and concise information regarding the cost to earn a college degree is a top priority for all our universities. The UT System already provides students with access to information regarding cost of attendance, financial aid options and net costs after grants and scholarships through a variety of communication mediums,” Cigarroa added.

    UT Institutions Honor 24,000 Graduates in 2012 Commencement Ceremonies

    Posted by UT System

    on Friday, June 1, 2012

    More than 24,000 students were awarded their diplomas in early May at commencement ceremonies across the nine UT System academic institutions. Keynote speakers ranged from Hollywood actor James Franco to former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Detailed coverage of the 2012 commencement ceremonies can be viewed at the following links:

    UT Arlington Commencement 

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