University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa today outlined — and the system’s governing board unanimously approved — a plan for lifting graduation rates, philanthropy, cost efficiency and other aspects of the 15-campus system.
Cigarroa said a running theme of his plan is its focus on students. He called for improved advising, more scholarships and expanded use of technology, including online courses and courses that blend online instruction with more traditional methods.
The chancellor’s goals also include expanding medical education and research in Austin, where a collaboration is already under way involving UT-Austin, the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and the Seton Healthcare Family.
He called for similar expansion of medical training, as well as other educational initiatives, in South Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley.