Great things are happening at UNT, and we’re making sure everyone knows it. Our latest billboards tell the world that UNT is “leading the pack,” according to U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges 2010 guide.
This recognition, a result of UNT tying for ninth place among public National Universities in this year’s “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” list, comes from the innovative changes we’re making.
Yet, it speaks to so much more. UNT is only getting stronger. This fall, we welcomed more than 36,000 students, took several important strides in building our campus and expanded our research.
Since 2007, our restricted research expenditures and awards both are up more than 60 percent. That is tremendous progress. And it’s critically important because Texas legislators this year created a pathway for UNT and the state’s other emerging research universities to more quickly achieve national research university status.
Already, we have taken advantage of a new matching funds initiative that provides state dollars to extend every gift we receive for research from private and corporate donors. We submitted roughly $2.9 million in gifts, and we learned that we are eligible to receive nearly $1.7 million in funds to support research as part of the state's new gift-matching program.
Growing our research means improving every part of our university, because to succeed we must hire more of the best faculty, enroll more of the brightest students and continue to build our campus with first-class facilities.
We will soon break ground on a new Business Leadership Building, and we will open a new Life Sciences Complex for fall 2010. We also hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for our new stadium, which will open in time for the 2011 season. Each of these facilities will play a vital role in improving UNT’s educational experience and growing our reputation.
Every advancement we make builds our reputation and improves the value of every UNT degree.
With green pride,
Gretchen M. Bataille