Staying on Track

V. Lane Rawlings
President V. Lane Rawlins presents medallions to summer graduates of the Honors College at a dinner held in their honor in August.

As UNT begins a new academic year, we are forging ahead with a research agenda that will enrich our students’ education and continue moving us to the top. Becoming a major research university is a long-held vision, and UNT will stay on this path.

When students broaden their knowledge through research, it changes the way they think. Our work with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to improve science education shows that when undergraduates conduct research with real-world applications, it helps them better understand what they are learning. To encourage undergraduates to make research part of their studies, we have a new website.

We also are transforming our campus to support hands-on learning. Our new Life Sciences Complex now is open, and the Business Leadership Building is due to open next fall.

Guided by our strategic plan for research and overall strategic plan, we will seek to achieve our goals while preserving and enhancing our strong traditions of excellence. Although economic times are tough, our direction is clear.

I have always believed that public universities provide the greatest opportunity for personal growth. Three-quarters of all college students attend public institutions. As one of the state’s largest and most diverse universities, UNT provides an environment for excellence to thrive because of our high standards and talented faculty and staff members. And our student-centered, public-driven mission enables us to serve the region, state and nation with a commitment surpassing that of many universities.

We are proud to be among those leading the nation in bringing opportunities to this generation. We will strengthen this position as we continue to progress as a major research institution.

V. Lane Rawlins