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The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is among a handful of major metropolitan areas worldwide that dominate both human creativity and planetary economics. In fact, about 20 of the world’s largest and most influential corporations call North Texas home. UT Arlington is strategically positioned in the heart of this the thriving region—the nation’s fourth-largest metropolis—to change the trajectory of thousands of lives each year.
We relish our role as an economic catalyst and influential community ally, fostering collaborations that magnify our focus on developing tangible solutions to real-world challenges. We transfer our insights from the laboratory and classroom directly into the community—to corporations, hospitals, cities, schools, and other high-need, high-impact entities
At UT Arlington, engaging with people and organizations through dialogue, partnerships, and collaborations is at the heart of all we do. Our key stakeholder groups are those that have the greatest likelihood of impacting, or being impacted by, the University’s mission and operations: from the students who choose UT Arlington to meet their educational and career goals to the individuals and organizations that fund and support our mission; from the businesses on which we rely for goods and services to those who hire our graduates or utilize our services.
We engage with stakeholder groups on campus and off, through a variety of ways. Methods of engagement on campus range from formal to informal. Representative governance bodies, discussed on page 8, bring the voices of key constituencies into University decision making. Open communication through town-hall meetings and other forums encourages dialogue on key topics of concern to a range of stakeholders. Surveys and online submission forms including course evaluations and student satisfaction surveys that measure our effectiveness in meeting student needs, provide a systematic method to collect and analyze stakeholder feedback and identify areas for improvement. Social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, provide additional ways to connect.
Our involvement and engagement off campus is critical to our success. We recognize that bringing together the resources of UT Arlington, area businesses, government, associations and foundations, and community organizations can produce remarkable results as we work to solve the complex issues we share. As such, we foster innovative partnerships and collaborations in areas such as education, research, and economic development. We meet regularly with area businesses to assess their needs and explore ways to work together to address regional as well as global challenges. Key partners in working on sustainability issues include the City of Arlington, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, and Air North Texas. UT Arlington is also a partner in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Power and WasteWise programs.