Texas State is well on its way to becoming an emerging research institution.
The editorial board congratulates the administration and others who have put Texas State on joining elite Texas universities with this title.
This presitigious title is awarded to universities that have developed a strategic plan to increase research conducted by undergraduates and graduates. One of the most important benefits of becoming an emerging research university is a sharp rise in scholarship. Students want to attend universities that have this designation. To satisfy this demand Texas State will begin to offer more scholarships and academic aide to attract advanced students. This will benefit the entire campus, as the reputation of Texas State will grow to match these investments.
The department of agriculture is helping set the pace of this development. According to an Oct. 6 University Star article, the department of agriculture received a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to train the future workforce of the USDA more than $3 million. This department, along with six others receiving research grants, should be recognized for their initiative.
The new Student Undergraduate Research Fund, promoted by the Honors Program and the assistant vice president for research, is another step in the right direction towards research institution status. The fund will provide funds in a competitive manner for undergraduates looking to conduct original research projects. By participating in undergraduate research, students from all fields of study can help promote Texas State as a research institution. Students who participate in research projects are more likely to get into competitive graduate programs – helping to put a focus on the bright minds at Texas State.
Building momentum towards emerging research status will also lead towards improved facilities around campus. Provostsaid in a Sept. 20 University Star article research funds help purchase equipment, renovations, power sources and technicians to operate in multi-million dollar “world class” laboratories on-campus. Students should feel a sense of pride knowing their university is heading towards world-class status. Regardless of one’s major, improvements made to research facilities will raise the value of a Texas State degree.
The goal of obtaining emerging research institution status is both admirable and practical. Students, faculty and administrators who work towards this goal are often the unsung heroes of Texas State. More attention and praise should be given to these individuals, as the benefits of this status will raise the value of every degree bearing the Texas State seal. Keep the momentum up Bobcats. The goal of research institution status has never been closer to being realized.