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All Things Texas Tech

Volume 1, Number 2; Septempber 2009

Making it Possible . . . Crafting Texas Tech's Strategic Plan for 2010-2020

Bob Smith
Provost and Senior Vice President

From a start as a small technological college, evolving to university status in 1969, Texas Tech would develop to become one of the state’s largest comprehensive research universities. While developments throughout its relatively short history may not have always been strategically conceived, our time for strategic planning could not be more critical than now. Additionally, our sense of destiny could not be any more important than it is in 2010, given the literal once in a lifetime opportunity for Texas Tech to forge its future as a national research university.

It's Our Time

Guy Bailey
President

The Texas Legislature has given Texas Tech and six other universities an unparalleled opportunity to become the state’s next national research universities. House Bill (HB) 51 sets out criteria that must be met to achieve national research, or Tier One, status and establishes two funding sources that will help Texas Tech and the other emerging research universities reach and maintain that status.

Integrated Scholars: You Will Find Many at Texas Tech

Bob Smith
Provost and Senior Vice President

Triple threat: in football, the term has been used to describe a player who excels in running, kicking, and passing. In the performing arts, the term is used to describe artists who are great at acting, dancing, and singing. In higher education, faculty members who excel in teaching, research, and service can be thought of as academic triple threats. And, academicians who create synergy among the three functions can become what I refer to as integrated scholars.

On Commencement . . .

Bob Smith
Provost and Senior Vice President

Commencement. In the context of higher education ceremonies, it may mark an end to studies for a degree. But true to its dictionary meaning, commencement is a beginning – the beginning of a graduate’s journey of life-long learning.