University of Texas - Dallas
UT Dallas owes its existence to three visionaries, Eugene McDermott, J. Erik Jonsson and Cecil Green. They deeply valued education and entrepreneurial activity. These men, who also founded Texas Instruments, found themselves importing talent from outside the state while the region's brightest young people pursued education elsewhere. Having identified the need, the founders took action to serve both their enterprise and Texas by establishing the Graduate Research Centre of the Southwest in 1961. It was renamed the Southwest Centre for Advanced Studies (SCAS) in 1967, and, in 1969, the founders transferred the assets of SCAS to the State of Texas, and then-Governor Preston Smith signed the bill establishing UT Dallas. The University of Texas at Dallas is an innovative institution made up of eight schools in the heart of North Texas. UT Dallas has grown since its founding in 1969 to include 142 degree programs, with cutting-edge curricula serving a variety of undergraduate and graduate student interests. The University continues its original commitment to providing some of the state’s most-lauded science and engineering programs and has also gained prominence for a breadth of educational paths, from criminology to biomedical engineering to arts and technology.
The wealth of learning resources available to UT Dallas students is the result of a concentrated effort to attract the top minds on both ends of the classroom relationship. Joining the faculty’s Nobel laureate and six members of the National Academies are 550 tenured and tenure-track professors hailing from the world’s best colleges, including Harvard, MIT, Cambridge and Columbia University. In addition, UT Dallas is home to numerous centres, labs and institutes that facilitate research and opportunities for hands-on learning. Students, meanwhile, arrive at UT Dallas well-prepared to succeed in higher education: In 2016, 32 percent of freshmen ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class, and 62 percent ranked in the top 25 percent. With an eye toward building a future as bright as its beginnings, UT Dallas will continue its push to attain Tier One research university status and produce graduates who are well-equipped to succeed professionally.
The University of Texas at Dallas provides the State of Texas and the nation with excellent, innovative education and research. The University is committed to graduating well-rounded citizens whose education has prepared them for rewarding lives and productive careers in a constantly changing world, to continually improving educational and research programs in the arts and sciences, engineering, and management, and to assisting the commercialization of intellectual capital generated by students, staff, and faculty. The University of Texas at Dallas offers 142 academic programs across its eight schools. The University of Texas at Dallas offers a variety of academic and professional certificates. Academic certificates consist of semester-based, credit-bearing and graded UT Dallas courses that can be applied towards a degree program. Professional certificates consist of non-credit courses of varying length aimed at professionals who are employed full-time and who are seeking additional knowledge and certification related to their industry. Teacher certification programs offer rigorous University-based and preparation curricula for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students who are seeking teacher certification credentials in Texas. Students will need to pass Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) before they will be awarded teaching credentials by the Texas Education Agency.
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