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Advancing the Strategic Plan 2020 - Spring 2018


GUIDING ASPIRATION TRANSFORM THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE BY ENHANCING ACCESS AND ENSURING SUCCESS “UTA is committed to enhancing access to unparalleled knowledge and education, while simultaneously ensuring the highest standards of quality. We care about the success of students and will focus on providing a transformational growth experience for them.” 50% 49.9 40% 40.3 6-YEAR GRAD RATE 9.5% 30% 26.4 20% 16.9 6% 4-YEAR GRAD RATE 10% AY’12-13 AY’13-14 AY’14-15 AY’15-16 AY’16-17 AY’17-18* ACTUAL ENROLLMENT 5.5% SUSTAINED GROWTH 3.6% 2020 PLANNED GROWTH ENROLLMENT GROWTH AND DEGREES AWARDED * ESTIMATED GRADUATION RATES STUDENT SUCCESS TASK FORCE A task force was recently established to enhance student success, including persistence and graduation rates. It has implemented several new initiatives, such as • A redesign of the first-year experience course to increase faculty interaction with new students • Student campaigns that target FAFSA completions and provide messages of encouragement • A Graduation Help Desk where people can refer cases of course unavailability, registration difficulty, or any issue impeding student persistence and completion • Embedding tutors in mathematics courses to improve classroom success • Working to ensure students are registered in a timely manner • Implementing a “nudging” system that utilizes text messages to urge students to meet registration and other important deadlines NEW DIVISION FOR STUDENT SUCCESS University College is being transformed into the Division for Student Success. The division, which will be headed by Associate Vice Provost Ashley Purgason, will continue to be a focal point for first-year students and play an important role in their development, learning, and success. It will actively collaborate with schools and colleges to deploy academic support services in a datadriven and strategic manner. The Division for Student Success will also be responsible for helping returning students seeking to complete their degrees in a timely manner. 12 THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON

GUIDING ASPIRATION ENGAGE IN HIGH-IMPACT RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP “UTA will strengthen applied and translational research and scholarship that is multidisciplinary and trans-disciplinary and that has high impact on society through enhanced development and application of knowledge.” RESEARCH SOURCES FY17 Image courtesy of Sandbox Studios LEADER IN HIGH-ENERGY PHYSICS UTA scientists led by physics Professor Jaehoon Yu are playing an increasingly important role in the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), a 10-year, $1.4 billion international project focused on subatomic particles known as neutrinos. For the first phase of the project, UTA is responsible for building a cage that will provide a uniform electric field to the entire liquid argon detection volume of the ProtoDUNE Dual Phase detector being constructed at CERN in Switzerland. UTA is the only U.S. university working on the ProtoDUNE Dual Phase detector technology and is leading a coalition—consisting of UT Austin, SMU, UT Dallas, and the University of Puerto Rico—that is working on the assembly of the charge readout plane, another key component of the final DUNE detector. KINESIOLOGIST WINS $3.3 MILLION FOR HEART RESEARCH Michael Nelson, assistant professor of kinesiology, received a five-year, $3.3 million NIH grant to study the link between fat storage in the heart and cardiovascular disease, as well as the influence of gender on the development of cardiac dysfunction. His preliminary data shows that men may respond differently than premenopausal women, who appear to be protected despite similar levels of fat in the heart. Dr. Nelson and his team—which includes Mark Haykowsky, the Moritz Chair of Geriatrics; Daisha Cipher, associate professor of nursing; and researchers from UT Southwestern, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and the University of Colorado at Denver— will spend the next five years studying 60 healthy subjects aged 18 to 30 to better understand the links between different factors. NATIONAL SPACE WEATHER INITIATIVE UTA is leading a five-year, $7.3 million national initiative to develop a next-generation space weather simulator capable of predicting energy distributions during space weather events like solar flares with unprecedented accuracy. Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense through the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program, the project is led by Associate Professor Yue Deng and involves researchers from UCLA, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of New Mexico, and UT Dallas. “UTA is leading a strategic national project that is key to the stability of our communications systems and our national security,” says U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth. “The Department of Defense’s selection clearly demonstrates that research at UTA has reached the very highest level and positions the university among the nation’s leaders in this field.” BOLD SOLUTIONS GLOBAL IMPACT 13