Meeting Unique Educational Needs
Part of UT Tyler’s success can be attributed
to a passion to meet the unique needs of
students in this region and beyond. In the
last decade, the university has reached out
to students through sister campuses, online
classes and new degree programs.
The university offers selected courses and
degree programs at the UT Tyler Longview
University Center and the UT Tyler
The Longview University Center, which
opened in 2000, offers the people of East
Texas an alternative to relocation or commuting
long distances to obtain a degree.
The LUC’s programs and courses reflect
those offered on the main UT Tyler campus
with significant offerings in the field of business,
nursing, education and technology.
Courses offered at LUC can be delivered
face-to-face, via interactive television, Webbased
or a combination of these formats.
Upper-division undergraduate and graduate
courses are offered leading to a variety of
baccalaureate and masters degrees.
The UT Tyler Palestine Campus, created
in 1995, includes an on-site library, a
computer lab with online access to the
UT Tyler Muntz Library, a nursing skills
learning laboratory and interactive
television classrooms. Courses are brought
to Palestine through a combination of
interactive television and on-site faculty.
The full bachelor of science in nursing
degree and the master of business administration
degree are available at the Palestine
site. Also available are master of science
in nursing courses as well as courses in
history, anthropology, public administration
and criminal justice.
The Texas Legislature has authorized $7
million in Tuition Revenue Bond funds for
the construction of a new state-of-the-art
facility at the Palestine Campus. The UT
Tyler Palestine Campus development
council announced the public phase of the
expansion campaign in September 2007
after receiving significant advance contributions.
The development council is
working with Texas Area Fund Foundation
to collect the gifts.
Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects of
Austin are working on preliminary plans
for the new facility, which will include a
master plan for future expansion.
The Texas Higher EducationCoordinating
Board has approved UT Tyler’s first
doctoral program, the Ph.D. in nursing.
Classes began this fall.
The innovative Ph.D. nursing degree
program offers coursework completely
online, although students continue to
rotate through hospitals and outpatient
clinics for practical training and faculty
will work on research projects.
It is the first online doctoral nursing
program in Texas and one of few in the
nation,’’ Dr. Linda Klotz, dean of the
College of Nursing and Health Sciences,
said. “It is a milestone for us within this
college and also for the university.’’
The university’s first doctoral program will
prepare more nurse educators/faculty
to teach in nursing schools across the
state and nation to help combat the shortage
of nurses by increasing enrollment
By creating the state’s only totally online
doctoral nursing program, UT Tyler's
College of Nursing not only will enroll
students locally and from across the
East Texas region, but also students from
across the state and nation or in foreign
“I am so excited about this nursing doctoral
program,” said Riter. “It is serving a
specific need here in East Texas that links
directly back into a major driver in our
economy. It will have an impact on the
A second Ph.D. program in human
resources development also has been
Whether nontraditional or traditional
students, helping students succeed
continues to be UT Tyler’s vision.
“I am extremely proud of this university
and each faculty member and student,’’
said Dr. Mabry. “This is a very special
educational institution, one where
prepared students come to learn, to stretch
their minds and become leaders capable of,
and committed to, improving East Texas
and the lives of those around them.
“Our unwavering goal continues to be
to separate ourselves from the pack and
to build a destination university in Texas
for high-ability students wanting a
first-rate education,” the president said.
“We try to make it possible for every
student to succeed at a high level at
UT Tyler. We are pursuing a dream for
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