An update from President Denise M. Trauth of Texas State University

Fall III
Dear Friends,

Sometimes, progress comes in waves.

I would like to share with you recent news that underscores how Texas State’s research activity has grown significantly and how the university has impact well beyond the Central Texas region.

This week, we reported externally funded research of more than $30 million for fiscal year 2016, a 10.4 percent increase from a year ago. And our overall research and development expenditures for fiscal year 2016 totaled $54.3 million, a 13.8 percent increase from the previous reporting period. The increases are even more compelling when compared with research metrics from two years ago: externally funded research was up 43 percent and total research and development expenditures were up 38 percent.

Texas State's overall research expenditures have reached new milestones, marking significant progress on the path to major research university status.

Universities routinely report their research activity in terms of external dollars spent, and these gains are exceptional as they represent new milestones for Texas State. Funding at this level means that we are making meaningful progress toward the university’s goal of becoming a major research university.

As growing evidence that the university is on a solid path to top-tier research status, Texas State recently received three multimillion-dollar grants across several areas that will further enhance our research activities:
  • A five-year, $5.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop and enhance support services and increase academic success of students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The grant is aimed at helping more minority and low-income students attain degrees in those fields.
  • A four-year, $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to the Texas School Safety Center to study ways to improve law enforcement at schools. This grant will allow our students to participate in groundbreaking research in school policing.
  • A $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a four-year collaborative project involving Texas State’s Ingram School of Engineering and the university’s Department of Agriculture to study strategies for fully sustainable food supplies. The project, called EverGreen, involves growing crops in a controlled environment, powered by renewable energy and irrigated by renewable water sources.

These grants highlight Texas State’s strong reputation for conducting research and help explain why key state, federal, and private sector entities often support our research.

As Texas State's STEM programs grow, a new grant will support the academic success of minority and low-income students.

We have long stated the importance of our research efforts and our high-quality graduates to the regional and state economies. Our impact is not going unnoticed. A recent Forbes article touted the Austin-San Antonio corridor as America’s next great metropolis, with San Marcos being the “most dramatic locus for growth.”

The Forbes report pointed to the corridor’s burgeoning tech community, job and population growth, low housing costs, and major universities as key factors to creating a regional economic powerhouse. In particular, the article notes that the growth of Texas State provides San Marcos with advantages similar to Silicon Valley, north Dallas, Orange County, and Raleigh-Durham. Certainly, this additional externally funded research will boost our impact, not just on the region, but on the state and our nation.

Another indicator of our breadth of research activity is STAR One, which is a research and commercialization center where technology startups grow. These startups draw from the expertise of our faculty and benefit from student support to help develop their businesses. STAR One, which opened in 2012, now has five clients, 76 employees, has accounted for $1.2 million in research activities, and has raised more than $28 million in equity investments. STAR One recently completed its second expansion and we will be celebrating with a rededication ceremony on October 24th.

The second expansion of STAR One reflects the growing importance of Texas State's research and commercialization efforts.

We are excited about the role Texas State has on the world beyond Central Texas and look forward to telling you more about the university’s progress.


Denise M. Trauth
Office of University Advancement
601 University ​Dr. • San Marcos, ​TX ​78666
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