UTRGV Spring Symposium videos available online

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., welcomed approximately 275 faculty, staff and administrators from The University of Texas Brownsville, The University of Texas-Pan American and The University of Texas System to  the UT Rio Grande Valley Spring Symposium in McAllen, Texas.

The primary focus of the day-long event was to thank working group members and all faculty, staff and administrators at UTB and UTPA who contributed to recommendations and suggestions for UTRGV in three major areas: academic programs, academic administration and operations administration. Several nationally renowned experts in higher education also presented their thoughts about higher education transformation and opportunities for the new university.

The UTRGV Spring Symposium marks the end of Phase I of planning for UTRGV and the beginning of Phase II, which will focus on pulling together the various recommendations from the working groups and other ideas into the initial strategic plan or blueprint for UTRGV. The UTRGV Spring Symposium was recorded and may be viewed below:

Morning Sessions (9am – 12pm)


Welcoming Remarks, Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.


General Themes from All Working Groups, Julio Leon


Academic Programs Working Groups-General Themes and Recommendations

  • 28m 10s: Faculty Summary
  • 36m 21s: Q&A

Academic Administration Working Groups-General Themes and Recommendations

  • 10m 8s: Distance Education
  • 18m 43s: Sponsored Research, Grants, and Contracts
  • 32m 24s: Student Engagement and Experiential Learning
  • 38m 45s: Q&A

Operations Administration Working Groups–General Themes and Recommendations

  • 10m 46s: IT Processes, Procedures & Structures
  • 20m 21s: Enrollment Management
  • 30m 47s: Business Processes
  • 40m 26s: Q&A

Afternoon Sessions (12:30pm – 3:30pm)


Constant Change: The Challenging Context of the 21st Century, George L. Mehaffy

An Innovative School of Medicine, Kenneth Shine, M.D.

Institute for Transformational Learning, Stephen Mintz and Marni Baker


Designing an Anchor Institution, Charles Rutheiser


The Process of Transformation, John Lin and Harold Martin

Closing Remarks, Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.

Background Materials