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Meeting Unique Educational Needs

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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.

Off-Campus Locations
The university offers selected courses and degree programs at the UT Tyler Longview University Center and the UT Tyler Palestine Campus.

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.

Doctoral Programs
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 opportunities.

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 countries.

“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 medical community.”

A second Ph.D. program in human resources development also has been approved.

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 East Texas.”


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