In 2009 Texas Tech set two goals that would change the face of the university and the lives of its faculty, staff and students.
The first goal was to receive state designation as a National Research University (NRU).
Check that one off the list. In 2011, Texas Tech become one of the first two state universities to meet the legislatively set criteria to receive NRU status and earn the millions of dollars in state funding that come with the designation to enhance the research mission of the university.
The NRU designation is the foundation for launching the effort to achieve goal No. 2, becoming a true Tier One research university with the characteristics of the elite institutions making up the Association of American Universities (AAU).
We talk a lot about research because those numbers are the means by which universities are measured. But at Texas Tech be assured that teaching, scholarship and creative activity are valued just as highly as research activity. Texas Tech has top flight programs in the humanities, social sciences and the visual and performing arts. And we know that our classroom teaching is the heart of our success in other areas. Texas Tech is nationally recognized for the well-prepared graduates we produce. A number of publications have listed us among the best in that area.
There are programs to help faculty, especially junior faculty members, strengthen their teaching and research. The Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Center, the Ethics Center, and other groups, provide teaching resources to all faculty members. The Faculty Proposal Development Program offers assistance in writing successful grant proposals.
Texas Tech takes its mission of service, outreach and engagement seriously. The university offers its students outstanding study abroad and service learning opportunities to broaden their world view. The university provides a multitude of programs designed to entertain, educate and enhance the Lubbock community and our region.
At Texas Tech, the tagline, “From Here it’s Possible,” is not just an advertising slogan—it’s true.
Texas Tech is the flagship of the Texas Tech University System (TTUS). TTUS was founded in 1996, and is made up of four universities: Texas Tech; Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas; and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, based in Lubbock with campuses in Abilene, Amarillo, Dallas, the Permian Basin, and the newly established location in El Paso. Kent R. Hance is chancellor of the university system.
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