I believe in the power of higher education to change lives and to be a force for good in the world. There is nothing more transformational than a college education. I experienced it in my own life as a first-generation college student who earned a Ph.D.
Now it is my life's work to help students change their lives. It's an honor to have a part in shaping the destiny of our 36,000 students and to see them graduate. I was filled with pride at my first commencement as UNT's president this May witnessing 4,100 new graduates earn their degrees. I know they will achieve great things and strengthen our vital alumni network that is 361,000 members strong and growing.
This spring, we've introduced the Eagle Express Tuition Plan to strengthen the pathway to graduation. The innovative fixed rate tuition plan gives students a chance to save $4,000 if they earn their bachelor's degree in four years. They'll save time, money and -- most importantly -- they'll start their careers sooner with a valuable UNT degree that will increase their earning power many times over. You can read more about the plan.
It's our job as a university to give our students a great education and the foundation for a successful career and fulfilling life. It's also our job to give our communities and businesses a workforce that is full of bright, creative and entrepreneurial college graduates.
By thinking outside of the box and creating initiatives like the Eagle Express, we'll excel as a first-choice institution -- and create lasting impacts for the North Texas region, the state and industry.