UT Tyler

40th Anniversary and Still Growing

UT Tyler Celebrates 4 Decades of Growth and Excellence

Moving Forward - The Next 40 Years and Beyond

After 40 years, The University of Texas at Tyler is just getting started. Education will play an even greater role in the success of future generations, university and community leaders say.

“Forty years is nothing to sneeze at, but I can tell you, it’s only a small start of what the possibilities and what the capacity and capabilities of this university are,’’ said Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass.

“Higher education will always be critical to our economic well-being and to our success as a community and as a country,’’ she said. “We need to have affordable education in our area so that our students can access that and not have to go far from home . . . so they can work in their communities before and after they get their education.”

UT Tyler is already gearing up to meet the challenges and needs of tomorrow’s students, President Rodney Mabry said.

One focus for the future will be a stronger international emphasis. UT Tyler already has launched a new initiative called Global Awareness Through Education, which creates globally focused on-campus learning communities, integrates an international focus into core curriculum and promotes travel and study opportunities.

“Global connectedness today is already changing the world for our students,’’ Dr. Mabry said. “We in higher education must adjust now. We need to make our students fully aware of the global marketplace for goods – and for ideas. GATE will be a major effort to appropriately immerse our students in the cultures of the world while they learn skills and knowledge in their chosen fields.”

Another challenge UT Tyler will continue to explore is the fast-paced world of ever-changing technology.

“We have always been on the cutting edge with our interactive video courses and online opportunities,” Dr. Mabry said. “We’re serving students who have grown up with technology and use it as a natural way to communicate and learn. We should use more technology because students are immersed in it and expect us to use it. Most important of all, we should use it because it has been shown that students actually learn more.”

UT Tyler launched a brand new program this fall called iPACC—iPad-Assisted Core Curriculum. It is aimed at utilizing mobile technology, or iPads, to improve learning and retention for incoming freshmen.

But no matter what changes are ahead in the next 40 years and beyond for UT Tyler, Dr. Mabry says students will be the focus . . . just as the founders envisioned.

“Think of this as a place where students dream – dream about their individual futures and the future of this world they inherit from us,” Dr. Mabry said.

Nelson Clyde, publisher of the Tyler Morning Telegraph, knows firsthand the capabilities of UT Tyler and its graduates. He graduated from UT Tyler with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1987 and continues to support the university.

“We owe the original group of people that had the vision to form the school a great debt,’’ Clyde said. “UT Tyler has become a place of excellence for education, the arts, (and) a convener of world leaders. It's a flashpoint of cultural life in East Texas, and its future promises to have a great impact on the region.”

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