As we launch the Texas State University 2012-2017 strategic plan, I want to take time to celebrate what we have accomplished in support of our current plan. In keeping with the goals of our plan, we have added numerous academic programs and degrees, raised the level of student success, become a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), and committed to even greater student success with the addition of the Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) Center and the Honors College. We have also realized our goal to move to Division I FBS football and look forward to our participation in the WAC in 2012 and to becoming an all sports member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2013. These are just a few of our many accomplishments.
I thank the members of the Texas State community and our many supporters for their part in helping us realize our vision to become a premier public university. We have shown that, even in the midst of difficult economic times, Texas State has met the challenge of providing an outstanding educational experience for a growing population of diverse students. We embrace the belief that the successful education of our students is our fundamental purpose.
The 2012-2017 University Plan reflects Texas State’s bright future. Undergraduate student retention and graduation rates continue to rise. Graduate programs are expanding, and our status as an Emerging Research University is the beginning of our journey toward National Research University status. Your support for academic excellence, performing arts, alumni, athletics, and the library through our Pride in Action Campaign allows us to address crucial needs as we implement initiatives in support of the plan.
I look forward to working with my Texas State colleagues to carry out our strategic plan initiatives over the next five years.