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

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Dear Friends,

If you’ve driven along Interstate 35 in San Marcos in the last few months you may have seen one of our billboards, which includes an image of the university and the words “Dream School.” I had cause to reflect on that descriptor earlier today, when I delivered my annual convocation remarks to our faculty and staff.

The recent performance of our academic programs, students, faculty, and athletic teams have led to a host of milestones and accolades, many of which I reference in my address. On many levels, we are indeed a dream school, and our efforts in the coming years will take Texas State even further.

In my speech, I discussed our efforts to make Texas State safer, stronger, and more strategic. Preparing for this new academic year, we have spent $3 million on safety and security. We are installing 150 new LED lamp posts, adding more police officers, upgrading door locks in buildings, and launching an improved RAVE mobile guardian system. This enhanced system includes monitoring and emergency alert features that will improve the safety of our students, faculty, and staff. 

President Denise M. Trauth addresses Texas State faculty and staff at Fall Convocation 2016

One of the most important things that happened in the past academic year was that Texas State was reclassified as having the second-highest level of research activity under the Carnegie Classification system, the gold standard for describing and categorizing higher education in the United States. This new designation not only reflects growth in our Ph.D. programs, but in our funded research, which grew from $9.8 million in 2005 to nearly $48 million in 10 years. The grants Texas State received for research and other sponsored programs in the past year alone were exceptional. 

In addition, I am happy to report we reached some new highs in fundraising. In fact, our growth in endowments for scholarships, faculty positions, and new programs could be characterized as outstanding. 

This fall, we launch two new degree programs: a bachelor’s degree in digital media innovation and mass communication, and a master's degree in sustainability studies. We also have plans on the horizon to add Ph.D. programs in computer science and applied anthropology; master's programs in nursing and respiratory care; and bachelor's programs in civil and environmental engineering and civil and environmental engineering technology. 

I am also proud to report that our student-athletes not only exceed in their chosen sports, but in the classroom. The latest Academic Progress Rates reported by the NCAA show that our student-athletes perform well beyond the minimum eligibility standard they are required to achieve to remain eligible for post-season competition.

It isn’t a coincidence that our research activities have increased substantially, that philanthropic gifts are up significantly, that enrollment continues to climb, that we are adding degree programs in high-demand disciplines, and that Texas State continues to be recognized for our accomplishments. We have reaped what we have sown through a very deliberative planning process, and a lot of hard work from every corner of the university.

We are in a unique position this year as we are simultaneously planning for our future in three different ways: we are working on a strategic plan – the centerpiece of which is our academic plan; updating our campus master plan – the plan for construction of facilities; and preparing for our next major capital campaign. These simultaneous planning processes allow us to be more efficient and keep us sharply focused on carrying out the mission of the university.

We believe we are moving methodically to create and enhance opportunities that give our students access to careers that will make them an important part of Texas’ future. 

Texas State is a wonderful community of inspiring people who make our university better every day. And I am infinitely pleased that we are working together to continue to improve our “Dream School.”


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