Pursuing a New Vision for Higher Education

President William Powers Jr.The University of Texas at Austin is recognized today as one of the world's leading research universities. Since 1883, it has built that reputation through its commitment to first-class education, ground-breaking research and an enduring connection to the community and state that created it as “a university of the first class.”

The world-class university of today stands on the shoulders of those who invested in the quality of its programs, who made the difficult decisions and took the calculated risks to move the institution forward, even in difficult times.

Continuous improvement is part of the culture at The University of Texas at Austin. That is why the university today is in the midst of profound changes to almost every facet of its work. We are leading a wave of innovation we believe will have a huge impact on students and, in turn, the world they inherit. This site details some of the ways The University of Texas at Austin is leading the way.

What starts here changes the world.

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Nov. 12, 2011
University of Texas at Austin instructors generate nearly twice as much revenue through
research funding and educational dollars as they cost the state in salary and benefits,
according to a report on faculty productivity issued by the university.

Sept. 14, 2011
In his sixth annual State of the University Address, President Powers calls for collaboration
in solving the higher education crisis and cites The University of Texas at Austin's mission
in bettering society.

Sept. 1, 2011
The University of Texas at Austin is among the most efficient public research universities in
the nation, ranking 10th in the percentage of students it graduates for every public dollar it
receives, according to a report released by the university.

July 6, 2011
College of Liberal Arts Dean Randy L. Diehl responds to the seven "Breakthrough Solutions" and
other proposals for higher education. Visit his Seven "Breakthrough Solutions" Web site or download
the report Maintaining Excellence and Efficiency at The University of Texas at Austin (PDF).

June 8, 2011
President Powers discusses how The University of Texas at Austin is among
the nation's most productive universities. For an additional perspective, read the
June 9 guest column from the Texas Tribune: Another Look at UT Productivity Report.

May 12, 2011
Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa outlines his framework for advancing excellence
throughout The University of Texas System

May 9, 2011
President William Powers Jr. delivers an address on the future of The University
of Texas at Austin.

Sept. 15, 2010
President Powers gives the State of the University Address to mark the
127th anniversary of The University of Texas at Austin.

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Main Building detailOffice of the President: Learn more about William Powers Jr., the 28th president
of The University of Texas at Austin, his initiatives and the roles of the office.


William Powers Jr.Tower Talk: President William Powers Jr. blogs about the life of The University of
Texas at Austin, including critical issues in higher education, research, teaching
excellence and budget matters.

What Starts Here ribbonWhat Starts Here: Learn about the university's What Starts Here Changes the World
motto, positioning statement and supporting messages.


Commission of 125 logoCommission of 125: In 2002 a group of citizens convened to express a vision
of how the university can best serve Texas and society during the next 25 years.