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October 25, 2007

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State Approves First Ph.D. Program at UT Tyler

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board today approved the first Ph.D. program at The University of Texas at Tyler, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.

Meeting in Austin, the Coordinating Board gave final approval on UT Tyler’s doctoral program in nursing.

The Ph.D. in nursing at UT Tyler also will be the only completely online program in Texas, providing greater access to advanced education and career mobility.

“We are extremely proud that this moment has arrived. This approval is a significant step for UT Tyler, as well as the region and the state. With this Ph.D. program we will be able to directly impact the national nursing faculty shortages and we know this will ultimately provide more nurses and administrators for our health institutions,” President Mabry said.

“Our sincere gratitude is extended to The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, UT System, CB member Whit Riter, Representative Leo Berman, Senator Kevin Eltife, Ag Commissioner Todd Staples and the local community for their support in this endeavor,” President Mabry added.

Applications are being accepted for enrollment in fall 2008.

According to studies, Texas and the nation face severe nursing shortages. Higher education nursing programs are often at enrollment capacity and must turn away students due to a shortage in faculty.

“This next phase of our nursing program is really bringing something to East Texas that will benefit the entire region. Not only the health community through adding more professionals and more educators but also the economy simply by bringing more people in and making the degree available at a higher level,” said Dr. Linda Klotz, UT Tyler College of Nursing and Health Sciences dean.

Although the Ph.D. program coursework will be completely online, students will work with faculty on research projects.

“The nursing doctoral program is designed to produce nursing faculty for the state so that other colleges and universities can grow nursing colleges in the future,” Klotz added.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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