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Report Outlines Successes of Campaign for Texas

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The Campaign for Texas is not only succeeding financially — it is also changing the world in real ways, according to a new report by The University of Texas at Austin.

“Thanks to the generosity of the University’s friends, the first two years of the Campaign for Texas have been a success,” President Bill Powers writes in a message accompanying the campaign report. “As I write in early 2009, we are more than a quarter of the way toward meeting our $3 billion goal.”

So far the Campaign for Texas has raised $881 million. The campaign report outlines accomplishments and goals for each college, school, and unit since the Campaign for Texas began in 2006. Some examples of ongoing University initiatives that are backed by private support:

  • An assistant professor in the College of Engineering is developing a pen-size probe that will use pulses of light — not a biopsy — to detect skin cancer.
  • The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences has launched a computer-modeling initiative to tackle such issues as heart disease, cancer, climate change, and the global energy crisis.
  • Texas Exes are creating one of the country’s largest merit-based scholarship programs. When fully funded, the 40 Acres Scholarship program will provide 300 students with full four-year-scholarships augmented by community service, study abroad, and internships.
  • Children who have never been to a museum will get the chance to visit the Blanton Museum of Art. The program also provides real-world experience for University students in art education, who help conduct the guided tours.
  • The University of Texas Libraries will collect and digitally preserve records of worldwide genocide and human-rights violations.

The campaign report also shows how the University’s funding picture has changed in the past quarter century. In 1984-1985, 47.1 percent of the University’s budget was covered by state support. By 2008-09, that number had dropped to 15.5 percent.

The Campaign for Texas runs until 2014. To read the entire report, go to: Campaign for Texas report.

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