Sarah Pollok

University officials finalize strategic research plan to reach Tier One status

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Administrators have completed and finalized a strategic plan outlining the future of research at Texas State that will help the university achieve Tier One status.

Michael Blanda, assistant vice president for Research and Federal Relations, said the strategic research plan involves improving undergraduate curriculum, increasing research funding and productivity, creating more doctorate programs and building infrastructure. Blanda said the plan will ultimately help raise Texas State’s research profile and ability to recruit and retain high quality faculty and students.

Provost Eugene Bourgeois said development of the plan began after the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) named the university an Emerging Research Institution (ERI) in January 2012.

Regents to convene at Texas State

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The university will host the first board of regents meeting under a bill passed by the Texas House of Representatives last year requiring more transparency from the system later this month.

Under House Bill 31, all meetings of “the governing board of a general academic teaching institution or a state university system” must be accessible by the general public online. The webcasts are required to be archived for future viewings.
Governor Rick Perry signed the bill into law in June. The meeting will be held in the LBJ Student Center Feb. 27 and will be available as a webcast online.

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