The historic, epic Campaign for Texas is closing in on $3 billion. Haven’t given yet? You still can.
By Jamey Smith
For the past eight years, the Campaign for Texas has been about people. Students and professors. Achievers and thinkers. Everyone in Texas benefits from a having a first-class university as the state’s flagship, and with each campaign gift made, more people have been able to realize their potential — and to change the world wherever their ambitions take them.
265,000 distinct donors have participated in the campaign as of June 1, 2014.
Also, thanks to the continuing support of alumni and friends, a UT education remains one of the best values around, while the value of a UT degree has never been higher.
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Each of the university’s colleges, schools, and units, from Architecture to Undergraduate Studies, has had specific campaign priorities and funding goals. Some of those have been achieved ahead of schedule, while others are just now within reach. But wherever you look, from the increased opportunities for incoming students to the wide-open futures of all those new skilled and highly employable graduates entering the workforce, the campaign has brought about impressive progress.
Donors have helped UT recruit and retain outstanding faculty, endowed hundreds of new scholarships and fellowships, and encouraged and supported innovative research in all disciplines. Gifts have elevated and expanded popular, national-model programs such as UTeach and funded enhancements across campus to facilitate today’s students’ increasingly collaborative and experiential learning process.
4,000+ students (and counting) have gone after their UT dreams thanks to nearly 800 new scholarships and fellowships.
Progress in any one of those areas helps the university in its quest to be the No. 1 public research university in the nation. The fact that significant advances have been made in all of them speaks to the extraordinary scale of the largest fundraising effort ever attempted in Texas — and the extraordinarily generous response from UT’s alumni and friends.
There will always be more to do. The undergraduate experience has been transformed through a revamped core curriculum, first-year interest groups, and signature courses, but work remains on President Bill Powers’ goal to raise the four-year graduation rate. And while the founding of Dell Medical School is an exciting campaign milestone, it will be two more years before the school is up and running, and continued private support will be essential to its success.
66 new endowed chairs and 36 new professorships support faculty members and their research.
Beyond the medical school, fundraising continues for new engineering and graduate business education facilities, joining recently constructed buildings for computer science, liberal arts, and communication. The Campaign for Texas has made its physical mark on the Forty Acres, and it’s not done yet.
Will UT alumni, donors, and friends come together to push the campaign to its conclusion by Aug. 31? It’s going to be down to the wire. Watch your inbox for the latest updates, and if you haven’t contributed yet, consider making a quick gift at give.utexas.edu. It’s not too late to be a part of this historic effort.