Texas A&M-Kingsville Presents ‘Report to Our Community’
KINGSVILLE - October 02, 2007
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Texas A&M University-Kingsville President Rumaldo Z. Juárez, Ph.D., outlined contributions the university makes to the region and its plans for the future at the Second Annual Report to Our Community, held Oct. 11.
Juárez spoke to about 200 people at the event held on the Texas A&M-Kingsville campus.
The president emphasized that A&M-Kingsville is an integral part of the Coastal Bend region. “Our university is your university,” he said. “Your support of our programs and events, of the work we do here and mostly of our students helps make our success possible.”
Texas A&M-Kingsville offers 56 bachelor’s degrees in 52 fields of study and 61 graduate degrees in 39 areas through seven colleges on the Kingsville campus and at the System Center in San Antonio. The institution employs 1,000 people, has a student enrollment of 6,578, and has an annual budget of $114.1 million. The total economic impact realized from the university in Kleberg County is more than $38.4 million.
The president announced that enrollment is the number one priority for the rural, residential institution, which has seen relatively flat enrollments since strengthening admission requirements in 2004. “We know it is a long-term process to both recruit and retain students, and we are putting all of our resources into building a strong enrollment management program,” he said.
Some of the initiatives implemented to build enrollment are:
- the initiation of the “Building on Our Traditions” capital campaign to raise funds for student scholarships;
- the establishment of learning-living communities where students in the same field of study live in
- the same residence hall and have co-curricular activities that specifically reinforce their academic coursework;
- the introduction of the university’s first degree provided entirely online – a master’s in adult education to provide educational professionals worldwide the means to conveniently pursue career development; and,
- providing undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in research activities to further their education.
Juárez noted that A&M-Kingsville ranks 13th out of Texas’ 143 colleges and universities in the amount it spends on research. Research expenditures totaled $12.4 million last year, and the institution intends to increase that amount to $20 million by the year 2012.
He also unveiled the university’s strategic plan for 2007 to 2012, “Vision 2012: Catalyst for Excellence,” calling it “the roadmap by which Texas A&M-Kingsville will move forward, leading the region of South Texas into the second decade of the 21st Century.”
The goals of the plan are:
- Broaden the base of productive and educated citizens
- Enhance student learning through civic, professional and research engagement.
- Support the development and maintenance of nationally prominent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs.
- Promote the development of scholarly, research and creative activities that are nationally recognized; and,
- Provide a learner-centered environment in which the contributions of students, faculty and staff are valued.
Juárez was introduced by Dick Messbarger, executive director of the Kingsville Economic Development Council. Among attendees were Tony Ramirez, legislative aide to Rep. Juan Escobar; Kleberg County Judge Pete de la Garza; Kleberg County Clerk Leo Alarcon; Kleberg County Court-at-Law Judge Martin Chiuminatto Jr.; Kingsville Mayor Sam Fugate; Kingsville Independent School District Superintendent, Dr. Rudy Lopez; Coastal Bend College President, Dr. Thomas Baynum; and Texas A&M University System Assistant Vice Chancellor for Government Relations Greg Garcia.
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