UT Arlington developments
Posted 30 June 2008 - 01:59 PM
Chemistry & Physics Building
Maverick Activities Center
Posted 27 July 2008 - 09:13 PM
I am a UTA grad from the mid-1980's but haven't seen the campus in a few years.
Thanks for sharing!
Posted 27 July 2008 - 10:14 PM
Posted 28 July 2008 - 06:15 AM
Posted 28 July 2008 - 06:35 AM
When I first commuted to UTA around 1977 I-20 was open, and Cooper Street/FM 157 was a two-lane country road all the way north to Pioneer Pkwy/303. Over the next few years as Arlington and Mansfield grew explosively traffic got pretty bad. It was horrible during the two-year long construction project to build the 7-lane road that is there today.
Does anyone remember the Saturday night "parades" on Cooper down close to the campus. There were thousands of young peope cruising up and down the street, and through the campus. It blocked traffic trying to get to businesses in the area, and Arlington spent a bundle on police to direct traffic and enforce drinking laws. Seems this was when the stretch of Cooper between Mitchell and Abrams Streets through the middle of the campus was being "sunk". The cruise phenomenon made national news, but went away after a year or so.
Posted 28 July 2008 - 01:47 PM
Posted 28 July 2008 - 08:30 PM
Member of UTA Construction Research Advisory Committee
Member of SteerFW Urban Development Task Force
Posted 28 July 2008 - 09:17 PM
If you want to see a video fly-over of what is about to be built (Engineering Research Building), check this out. Construction will begin within a matter of weeks.
Also, some of you may enjoy this link for campus photos.
Posted 02 August 2008 - 04:34 PM
Posted 03 August 2008 - 09:38 AM
Posted 03 August 2008 - 06:44 PM
Good point. Looks like the leadership there thinks similarly as you do. Here's an article from the Star-Telegram about a new policy starting this fall which offers half tuition for employees and their families. Great move.
Posted 04 August 2008 - 07:11 AM
Posted 22 August 2008 - 02:54 PM
Gosh I remember those days!
The drinking age was 18(not that anyone really cared) and there was no open container law. People used to come from Dallas and FW just cruise Cooper. 1/2 the Friday nights of my junior and senior years were spent there.
The way the city ended it was pretty smart. They opened the UTA parking lots so everyone would drive in and park and party. Then after a couple of years they closed the parking lots and I think by then no one remembered about cruising up and down the street.
Posted 20 September 2008 - 09:20 AM
Editorial in Saturday's paper reflecting Spaniola's plans for the university. Tier 1?
Saturday, Sep 20, 2008
Posted on Sat, Sep. 20, 2008
UT Arlington’s president has set his school on a path for growth.
People used to joke about the University of Texas at Arlington being one of the best kept secrets in the Metroplex. It’s getting harder and harder to keep that secret — especially since James Spaniolo took over as president.
It’ll be nearly impossible in the future if what he told UTA administrators, faculty, students and guests Wednesday comes about. In his words, the goal is "making UT Arlington’s name one that’s recognized widely for excellence in education, research and contributions to our community."
That might be codetalk for Tier 1 — the short list of the nation’s best universities.
It can be a polarizing term, implying that smaller or less-exclusive colleges and universities are inferior. That’s an implication Spaniolo wants to avoid. Still, he said, "We can become a nationally recognized research university."
UTA is well-positioned to make this leap forward. It will require prolonged effort, perhaps a decade, and financial support. Dollars are always scarce for institutions that must get a big part of their funding from the Texas Legislature.
As of now, there are only three Tier 1 universities in Texas: UT-Austin, Texas A&M in College Station and private Rice University in Houston.
Those who would like to reach that status include UT-Arlington, UT-Dallas, UT-El Paso, UT-San Antonio, the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas Tech in Lubbock and the University of Houston.
UT-Arlington is at least as ready as any of them. It has more than 25,000 students, offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degrees and graduates 6,000 students a year.
On Friday, officials will break ground for the $116 million, 230,000-square-foot Engineering Research Complex near the intersection of Cooper Street and UTA Boulevard.
Spaniolo’s goals are high but achievable. He has capitalized on the talent already on campus and has brought in other top-notch scholars, administrators and staff.
UTA’s time to shine is here. Spaniolo is the leader who can show the way.
Posted 20 September 2008 - 09:40 AM
Cheesy story, however I think it says a lot about his character.
Posted 22 September 2008 - 09:42 AM
I also like it that "Jim" is as likely to be in the Fort Worth community, giving a talk at Rotary, for instance, as in Arlington. That's extremely important. (I view all of Tarrant County as UT Arlington's home.)
For any that may be interested, here is a link to President Spaniolo's speech that the above news article and editorials are based. It is a speech with exciting content, IMO; also, he knows how to craft a speech. I'm told by one who was there that he received a standing ovation.
Posted 22 September 2008 - 09:59 AM
I worked on a commitee aimed at getting tier-1 funding for UTA in the late 80's/early 90's and I think TTU, UTD, and UH will be the first to receive tier-1 funding from the state because of current research expenditures and private/business donations.
Posted 22 September 2008 - 12:54 PM
I kinda doubt that one or two will be "annointed." I also don't mind if other universities also advance. In fact, I'm for it. Texas needs it. For those of us in this area that care, however, WE can speak-up and support our local economy and education by supporting UT Arlington, and Dallas for that matter, for increased research support. Definitely, North Texas needs national research universities.
Posted 22 September 2008 - 05:17 PM
UT-Dallas president wants contenders to compete for state appropriations by raising private and community money.
By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz
Monday, September 08, 2008
Higher education leaders and elected officials increasingly agree that Texas needs more top-tier universities to join the ranks of Rice University, Texas A&M University and the University of Texas.
After all, California has nine such institutions; New York, seven; and Pennsylvania, four. By almost any measure, proponents say, Texas needs two or three more top-tier schools, also known as tier-one schools or flagships, if the state wants to be nationally competitive in research, academics and economic development.
But how to decide which of seven potential contenders — Texas Tech University, the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, UT-Dallas, UT-Arlington, UT-El Paso and UT-San Antonio — should be awarded the steady infusions of cash that would be needed to underwrite an effort that could easily take a decade or two?
Perhaps the most comprehensive proposal has been put forward by UT-Dallas President David Daniel, who wants schools to compete for the money and honor.
Under Daniel's 34-page plan, the state Legislature would set aside up to $210 million a year, and the schools that aspire to tier-one status that raise the most money from private and community sources would get the largest shares of that kitty. Besides seeking traditional donor gifts, the schools might try other approaches, such as raising scholarship money for local students from a city, a business or some other entity, he said.
"The whole premise is to try to avoid anointing some institution — and the situation where those that aren't anointed are outraged," Daniel said. "That seems to have been a showstopper in the past."
Indeed, state legislators threatened to pull UT-Arlington out of the UT System a few years ago when system officials suggested that UT-Dallas would be the next research powerhouse. The system's Board of Regents quelled the controversy by pledging to develop the Arlington campus into a major research university with "energy and enthusiasm" equal to that focused on other campuses.
Daniel conceded that his proposal wouldn't work if no universities break out of the pack in fundraising.
"My instincts tell me a small set of universities will be a lot more successful than the others," he said. "I just don't know which ones."
Raymund Paredes, the state's commissioner of higher education, said he isn't so sure.
"The danger is that you give everybody just enough money to fail," Paredes said. "I think it makes more sense to give two or three designated institutions enough to succeed."
Paredes suggested bumping up state appropriations for a couple of schools but conceded that this approach could also have a fatal flaw.
"The question — and only the Legislature can address this — is which institutions?" he said. "I'm not sure we have the political will to resolve which institutions would be designated."
Krista Piferrer, a spokeswoman for Gov. Rick Perry, echoed that concern: "The governor is in favor of establishing more tier-one universities. The question has always been where and how much."
Piferrer said some guidance could come from a select commission on higher education and global competitiveness authorized by the Legislature last year. Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick each appointed five members to the panel, which has until November to produce a draft report on, among other things, "achieving global recognition" for public universities and colleges.
An additional couple of flagships would also ease a worsening admission crunch at UT-Austin. Eighty-one percent of undergraduate students admitted for this fall were accepted under a state law that allows a student in the top 10 percent of his or her Texas high school graduating class to attend any public university in the state. UT officials say that leaves too little room for students with artistic, leadership and other skills who don't happen to rank that high.
Tier-one schools are engines for research and economic development, seed beds for innovation and magnets for superior students and faculty members. But there is no precise and universally accepted definition of a tier-one school. Paredes doesn't like the term, preferring the phrase "nationally competitive research universities" so as not to slight schools that emphasize teaching and the liberal arts.
One frequently cited benchmark is membership in the Association of American Universities, an organization of 60 major research universities in the United States and two in Canada. Another measure is annual research spending of $100 million or more. Texas' three tier-one universities meet those criteria.
Faculty honors, such as membership in the National Academy of Sciences, and student performance in high school and on admission tests are important as well. A good showing in various national rankings, such as those compiled by U.S. News & World Report, helps too.
None of the Texas aspirants is on the cusp of joining the big leagues. Renu Khator, chancellor of the University of Houston System and president of its main campus, said tier-one schools have four elements in common: research, faculty members, educational programs and community support that are all nationally competitive.
"I'm totally comfortable with that approach," Khator said of Daniel's proposal, adding that she is already working to build a "triangular partnership" involving the University of Houston, the private sector and the public sector.
It's a safe bet that Daniel wouldn't have floated the idea if he didn't think his school would be on the short list of serious contenders. State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, chairwoman of the higher education subcommittee, called his concept promising but said some people think it favors schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Houston, presumably because it might be easier to raise money in large metropolitan areas than in smaller and perhaps less well-heeled communities.
But Diana Natalicio, president of UTEP, expressed confidence that her alumni and community also would contribute generously.
"My feeling," Daniel said, "is it's impossible to build a world-class university without private and community support."
Aspiring to be top-tier
School Annual research SAT scores National Academy National Merit spending members scholars
Texas Tech University $59 million 1020-1210 1 11
University of Houston $76 million 950-1190 8 8
University of North Texas $15 million 1010-1230 0 9
UT-Arlington $29 million 960-1190 0 0
UT-Dallas $44 million 1140-1360 4 30
UT-El Paso $32 million 907 0 0
UT-San Antonio $30 million 910-1130 0 0
Top-tier school, for comparison
UT-Austin $431 million 1120-1370 58 28
Notes: SAT scores are the 25th to 75th percentiles for freshmen except at UT-El Paso, where the figure is an SAT average calculated from ACT scores.
Source: UT-Dallas President David Daniel, who used published data from the National Science Foundation, U.S. News & World Report, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. and the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering.
Posted 17 December 2008 - 08:19 PM
Very well done and exciting stuff. It's all worthwhile, but if you read only one section, I recommend the "Message from the President."
Posted 27 October 2009 - 03:57 PM
I believe that, in time, the focus on a "college town" around campus will pay-off. In fact, some positive developments have and are already happening despite a sluggish economy. I believe we are starting to get a critical mass of students who live on or near campus...and another new, modern dormitory, which will wrap around the parking garage and have ground level retail, will begin construction pretty soon.
Here is a university website that shows initiative and seriousness of intent.
Posted 02 January 2012 - 04:24 PM
Posted 06 January 2012 - 08:32 PM
IMO Arlington needs this sort of development in the UTA area.
Posted 21 January 2012 - 12:31 PM
Posted 25 January 2012 - 03:47 PM
Posted 06 February 2013 - 10:00 AM
UTA sets new enrollment record. The university is on a steady enrollment climb, perhaps that can help in the quest for additional funding from the UT system that could help it achieve tier one status in the near future...
Posted 04 February 2016 - 11:30 AM
UTA and UNT ranked by Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning as R-1 top-tier doctoral research universities:
Congratulations to both institutions, this brings tremendous prestige to the region and will attract even more research dollars to the area. Fort Worth needs to be commended for what partnership they have fostered with both universities thus far (UNT-HSC, UNT/TCU joint-medical school, UTA Riverbend Research Campus, and the Fort Worth Education Center downtown. The city needs to continue to seek opportunities to partner with the two universities, perhaps a Nursing Program partnership with TCC, a med-tech incubator facility in the Southside, and or a more generally oriented tech incubator district in Riverside.
Posted 28 June 2017 - 09:03 PM
Why are the windows combined every two floors? That makes it look like a shorter building.
That said, this is located in sprawling transitless suburbia, so I shouldn't care.
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