The University of Texas at Tyler Magazine - Fall 2010
I am proud to announce that we’ve begun another exciting academic year with record enrollment – more than 6,400—the largest in the university’s history. We are using new technologies to enhance our services and programs to better attract, enroll and retain top students.
UT Tyler has made global awareness and technology our top initiatives for this academic year. Many of our faculty and students are creating a different classroom environment which incorporates new technologies and is leading to a renewed enthusiasm in teaching, as well as learning.
We’re currently recruiting the inaugural class for our new Global Awareness through Education Quality Enhancement Program. GATE is designed to increase global awareness among cohorts of freshman and sophomore students. It will enhance and increase our students’ global knowledge and understanding of other cultures and worldviews.
I recently traveled to Turkey with a group of students and found it to be a very intriguing visit.
Turkey is a friendly, wonderful place with a lot going on. Our time in Turkey was eye-opening. The trip was an example of the many benefits to our students of studying foreign cultures and societies. I believe now, more than ever, that global education is the gateway to comprehensive knowledge and the brightest opportunities for the future.
We must tell our students about market opportunities, future competitors and global business associates in places like Turkey, South Korea, Japan, Ireland, India and China. UT Tyler is looking forward to opening these international doors to our students so that they will be even more marketable to employers in East Texas and elsewhere, all of them operating in this global society.
Our other initiative for the coming year is to continue to incorporate technology into the product we deliver to our students. This is an important step for UT Tyler to take because we’re serving students who have grown up with technology and use it as a natural way to communicate and learn. They expect us to communicate with them in like manner. Most important of all, we should use technology to enhance our courses because it has been shown that students actually learn more.
I hope you’ll read all the stories in this fall edition of The University of Texas at Tyler Magazine, see the possibilities, and plan to visit our campus soon!