2004: The Year in Review at TAMIU

The Year in Review: 2004 Momentous Year
for Texas A&M International University


Texas A&M International University's forward momentum accelerated considerably in 2004 with Phase IV construction continuing, new programs being added and record increases in student enrollment.

Below, the year in review at TAMIU...


Texas A&M International University received a $30,000 grant as one of 20 funding recipients for the new Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's First Generation College Student Grant Program.


TAMIU announced the approval of the first Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies in the state, in collaboration with Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

In addition, two early admission programs in dentistry were announced, one with The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (1) and the other with the University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston (2).


The University posted record increases in enrollment, 9.5%, and semester credit hours, 10%, upon which State funding is based. Also, a minor in computer science was announced.


The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced its approval for TAMIU's first Ph.D. program: International Business Administration. A Ph.D. program in English, offered in collaboration with TAMU - College Station was also announced.


TAMIU received a generous gift of $1 million in support of student scholarships from Zapata banker and philanthropist Renato Ramirez in May.


The Sánchez Family Foundation representatives announced a gift of $400,000 to TAMIU to establish the Antonio R. and Maria G. Sánchez Family Scholarship.


The Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas approved TAMIU's Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner in July and the Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust presented TAMIU with $500,000, the final installment of a $2 million pledge.


TAMIU announced the creation of a minor in creative writing, offered in English and Spanish. Students choosing this unique minor can express themselves in a multi-cultural manner.

The TAMIU Dr. F.M. Canseco School of Nursing announced that 93% of the Spring Bachelor's of Science Nursing graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses, exceeding the national average of 86.9%.


TAMIU was awarded a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, with a total value of $1.7 million, in support of a new program: the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), one of only three new CAMP projects funded nationwide.

In the same month, TAMIU also was awarded another five-year grant from the Department of Education to assist with the University's innovative teacher recruitment and retention projects, including the Alternative Transition to Teaching Program. The grant totalled $1.8 million.


The Matias De Llano Charitable Trust pledged $500,000 support of the University's Ph.D. program in International Trade, TAMIU's first Ph.D. TAMIU also announced record enrollment for the Fall 2004 semester, 4,272 students, and record semester credit hours, 43,335 hours.


TAMIU celebrated the success of the Regents I Initiative, and announced Regents II Initiative, which is a collaborative project between TAMIU and public schools to improve student scores in state-mandated assessments, as well as teacher development. The $2.3 million project is funded by the Texas Education Agency.


Graduates for the Fall 2004 semester number 287. Texas Secretary of State Geoffrey S. Connor offers the TAMIU Fall Commencement address.

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