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Board action reflects further evolution of Texas State's role and scope

Date of Release: 01/31/2005

SAN MARCOS —The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a new mission statement for Texas State University-San Marcos, a move Texas State officials say marks another step in the continuing evolution of the university’s role and scope.

In addition to approving the mission statement, the THECB gave the university preliminary authority to continue planning several new academic programs. That action will allow the university to prepare proposals to submit to the board at a later date for programs that include electrical engineering; materials science and engineering; and nursing at the bachelor’s degree level; and computer science and criminal justice at the doctoral level.

“I believe this is clearly an evolutionary step for Texas State,” said Perry Moore, the university’s provost and vice president of academic affairs. “We take seriously our responsibility to address the higher education needs of the Austin-San Antonio corridor and the State of Texas. I believe the Coordinating Board recognizes that we have an important role to play in that regard.”

The university’s new mission statement reads, “Texas State University-San Marcos is a public, student-centered, doctoral granting institution dedicated to excellence in serving the educational needs of the diverse population of Texas and the world beyond.”

Along with the mission statement, the board approved the university’s Shared Values Statement, which enumerates the values the university community shares in its pursuit of its mission as a premier institution. That statement stresses the importance of such shared values as a commitment to an exceptional undergraduate experience and graduate education, diversity, the cultivation of character, engaged teaching and learning, research and creative activity, public service and planning and evaluation.

* The THECB gave Texas State authority to continue planning programs in the following disciplines: Electrical engineering (bachelor's degree level)
* Materials science and engineering (bachelor's and master's degree level)
* Nursing (bachelor's degree level)
* Accounting and information technology (master's degree level)
* Athletic training (master's degree level)
* Human nutrition (master's degree level)
* Computer science (doctoral level)
* Criminal justice (doctoral level)

"The fact that we are now laying the groundwork for additional programs in engineering as well as planning for two new programs at the doctoral level demonstrates that we are moving forward as an institution and responding to areas of critical need in Texas," said Moore.