TAMIU Annual Report 2018

2018 Annual Report / IMPACT / N E W S Bragging Rights For the third consecutive year TAMIUwas ranked in the national Top Ten Best Bang for the Buck among Southern Colleges in the 2018 Washington Monthly College Guide. The Guide focuses on institu- tional affordability and how well universities do in graduating students. US News and World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges ranking noted TAMIU’s discounted tuition, and placed it at 16 th , the highest ranked regional Texas institution among Top Public Schools in its 15-state Regional Universities West ranking. Financeopedia ranked TAMIU sixth among the best 30 Universities in Texas, noting “an almost impossible to beat net price.”  Low cost is fueling enrollment growth, but the University also draws praise for its graduates’ job success -- Zippia ranked TAMIU as one of “Texas’ Best Colleges for Getting Jobs.”  Utilizing Stanford University’s Equality of Opportunity Project, the American Council on Education’s Report “Minority Serving Institutions as Engines of Upward Mobility,” recognized TAMIU as the top scoring Texas institution in its study for its high extended income mobility rate of 34.1 percent. The University’s impact on students’ lives and, by extension, the communities in which they live and thrive, is being affirmed. $3.1 Million in Federal Grants to TAMIU Impacts Science, Nursing Congressman Henry Cuellar (’82) recently announced more than $3.1 million in federal funds in two separate grants for TAMIU. The US Department of Education’s Devel- oping Hispanic-Serving Programs awarded $1,937,380 for the University’s ADVanc- ing the Instruction of Science Educators (ADVISE) Project. It targets an increase in the pool of Hispanic Science teachers. The Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration provided a $1,169,368 grant for TAMIU’s Advance Nursing Ed- ucation Sexual Assault Nursing Examiner (SANE) Program. It will fund advanced nurse education to increase the number of trained and SANE-certified forensic nurses. TAMIU Posts Record Enrollment TAMIU’s Fall enrollment is historic, driven by a record freshman class size, increased semester credit hours and a dramatic increase in graduate enrollment. Total combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment is 7,996, up 4.6% over last Fall.  Kappa Phi Inducts 87 TAMIU’s Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) inducted  82 students and five faculty into PKP, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines in ceremonies this May. Presiding over the ceremony was TAMIU PKP Chapter president, Dr. James A. Norris.  TAMIU Student Debt One of Lowest in TX TAMIU students graduate with one of the lowest average student loan debt figures in the entire Unit- ed States, according to a study by online source, LendEDU which ranked TAMIU 6 th for the State and 20 th among similar schools in the nation. Some 1,080 institutions were analyzed for the ranking. Dr. Bernat Gets Alumni Award TAMIU professor Dr. Frances P. Bernat was selected as the recipient of the Criminal Justice and Criminology Outstanding Alumni Scholar Award for Washington State University, and served as Keynote Speaker for the Department of Criminal Justice and Crim- inology’s Award Ceremony and Luncheon at the Elson S. Floyd Cultural Center in Pullman, WA. Planetarium Celebrates 13th Anniversary Over the past 13 years, thousands have traveled to the stars at TAMIU’s Lamar Bruni Vergara Plane- tarium. In May, the Planetarium hosted a heavenly Anniversary Celebration with a party highlighted by a showing of the popular film “Coco.” In Memoriam Dr. Siddharth Shankar This past summer the University community was saddened to lose one of its bright faculty talents, Dr. Siddharth Shankar, who passed away unexpectedly. Abrilliant teacher, researcher and student advocate, he was much admired and respected by his colleagues and students. An associate professor of Finance, he first came to TAMIU in September 2008. He is survived by his wife, Wricha Mishra and sons, Neil and Ayaan. 11

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