iiiResearch University Fund by 2015, and then to move forward in the second phase to reach the Carnegie
Very High Research Activity
The key features of the plan are summarized below.
Expand External Research Funding:
UNT has created a plan for investment in strategic priority areasthat are most suited to its research expertise and infrastructure; its current and prospective partnershipswith regional, national and international institutions and industry; its aspirations to be a major player inthe economic development of the region and the state; and its vision of higher education for the 21stcentury. It is an ambitious and bold plan that centers on hiring
more than 200 research-active faculty inthe selected areas by 2020 whose external funding can contribute substantially to THECB restrictedresearch expenditures. More than 150 of these new faculty (more than 50 percent at the senior level)would be hired by 2016, and an additional 50 by 2020. These new faculty, well supported through theirstart-up packages and coupled with the expanded research activities of existing faculty, will enable UNTto reach external funding goals of:
$45 million in THECB restricted research expenditures by 2015
$90 million in THECB restricted research expenditures and $125 million in NSF-reportedresearch expenditures by 2020. At that time, the external grants and contracts will beapproximately $150 million.
Improve Undergraduate Education:
UNT will continue to build on its excellent reputation for high-quality undergraduate education and will further improve undergraduate education
by improvingcurricula, by improving and expanding student services, and by attracting the best possible high schoolstudents to UNT as freshmen through targeted recruiting and merit scholarships. UNT will also continuecontributing to
Closing the Gaps
by recruiting and graduating a diverse student body.
Expand and Improve Doctoral Training:
Based on the results of a comprehensive study of existingdoctoral programs, UNT will sustain the productivity of current high-quality programs through theallocation of additional resources, enhance the quality and productivity of programs through outcome-based investments, establish new doctoral programs in targeted areas, and reallocate resources from low-producing programs not aligned with UNT’s strategic objectives. UNT also will increase its pool of doctoral applicants, improve retention, and increase selective admissions. The goals are to:
Award 200 Ph.D.s annually by 2015
Award 300 doctoral degrees annually (90 percent Ph.D. degrees) by 2020
Enhance Faculty and Student Development:
UNT will focus on retention and development of high-quality faculty members through a variety of supportive and professional development resources. Studentdevelopment will be enhanced by additional scholarships, fellowships and assistantships for needy as wellas meritorious students. UNT will continue its highly successful efforts to promote diversity in the studentbody. In addition, UNT will develop innovative ways to support faculty and students for national andinternational competitions, recognitions, awards, and prizes.
Expand Research Facilities and Resources:
UNT plans to significantly increase research space toaccommodate the projected growth in research activities through a combination of reallocation of space,renovation of vacated space and new construction (altogether, about 300,000 ft
). At least one newscience and technology research building is planned in addition to facilities currently under construction.UNT will continue to expand and upgrade research facilities and build new laboratories, specifically inthe areas of strategic priorities. UNT plans to significantly expand its library resources and aggressively