Sharp Solutions: April 2014 Newsletter

 Chancellor John Sharp from The Texas A&M University System

Growing Impact

The Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M University, the Health Science Center and other system agencies in the Bryan-College Station area created a $4.42 billion positive economic impact on the local area in 2013, an increase of almost $113 million from 2012 and about double that of a decade ago.
Included in that record economic impact:

  • Annualized average payroll of approximately $889 million for 21,073 employees, including students;
  • Student expenditures of $494 million for food, housing, clothing, recreation and more, from a record enrollment of 50,000-plus on the College Station campus; and
  • Visitor expenditures of an estimated $385 million from Texas A&M athletic events and other campus activities, with an average stay in the community of 2.5 days.

Partnerships with the local cities and county will likely grow those numbers, particularly the enhancement and expansion of Kyle Field.

The A&M System also continues to rank first in the state in research investment. Research totals for Fiscal Year 2013 exceed a record $820 million according to the National Science Foundation. That research often leads to patents and licenses with significant, far-reaching economic benefits not included in local economic estimates.

Texas A&M University also now ranks among the nation’s top fundraising institutions in higher education, public or private, having raised a record $740 million-plus within the past year, over $300 million more than any previous 12-month period. This includes gifts, private grants and contributions to The Association of Former Students, the Texas A&M Foundation, the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation and the 12th Man Foundation. This historic level of support is attributed to the university attracting record numbers of highly qualified students. The institution’s successful entry in the Southeastern Conference is also a factor, along with more Texas A&M graduates reaching career stages where they are able to make larger gifts to their alma mater.
This growing impact, in the local community, in research and in giving back to the next generation of learners, is a testament to the loyalty of our graduates and their respect for all that being an Aggie represents.
Gig ‘em!

Harnessing Big DataThe Texas A&M University System and IBM will leverage the power of big data analytics and high-performance computing for collaborative research dedicated to advances in agriculture, geosciences and engineering. This partnership brings together the best computer scientists and technology in the world to focus on practical solutions to global challenges, such as improving extraction of Earth-based energy resources, facilitating the smart energy grid, accelerating materials development, improving disease identification and tracking in animals and fostering better understanding and monitoring of our global food supplies.IBM will provide the Blue Gene/Q technology, Power and System X servers and General Parallel File Systems Storage Systems. A test of the Blue Gene/Q on campus found that it ran a material sciences problem that previously took weeks to solve in just minutes with much greater analytical depth.

Locking in Tuition

Beginning in the fall of 2014, incoming undergraduate freshman to Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston and the Texas A&M Health Science Center will be offered a single, fixed rate tuition through year four or five, depending on their degree plan and major. This also consolidates all student fees with the locked-in rate. While Texas A&M has historically offered very affordable tuition rates and is less expensive today than many other public, state universities in Texas, this rate guarantee will help students and parents to budget for college and the university to make future decisions based on fixed revenue.

Expanding in Houston

ExpandingInHoustonThe Houston campus of the Texas A&M Health Science Center will be expanding in the Texas Medical Center area with future construction of a multidisciplinary research and education building on 2.5 acres adjacent to the TAMHSC Institute for Biosciences and Technology, a research institute that excels at translation innovative discoveries into clinical practice for the benefit of patients.
The Houston expansion will enable even more collaborative research with other acclaimed Texas Medical Center institutions, especially in TAMHSC’s areas of excellence, such as environmental health, cancer prevention through natural products and infectious diseases. The expansion will also provide highly needed educational space for Texas A&M’s medical students and aspiring clinician scientists.

Become involved, join the Chancellor’s Century Council

The Chancellor’s Century Council is a group of individuals interested in the future of Texas higher education who provide the chancellor a means to advance the goals and objectives of The Texas A&M University System. Members participate in various A&M System activities across the state and throughout the nation. There are varying membership levels available.Find out how to join.

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