Innovating for the Future

Research universities are vital to educating America’s future leaders, creating the knowledge to solve pressing problems and understanding our world and economic competitiveness in a global economy. What is the role of a residential research university in the 21st century, and what value should such an institution provide to its state, country and society in general?

These are big questions we are addressing at The University of Texas at Austin in many and various ways. Our conversations and strategic planning are ongoing and evolving with faculty, students, alumni and educational partners inside and outside the state of Texas. Those conversations are informing the new programs and initiatives we have put into place and planning for the future.

UT Austin is a world leader in higher education and knowledge advancement, with great benefit to the state of Texas. We are committed to not only ensuring, but also advancing our leadership in the future of higher education by focusing on innovations in excellence, engagement and efficiency. Our goals in the Provost’s Office include: to work with all academic units on campus to attract the best talent in faculty and students; to provide high-quality education integrated with our research mission; to be a leader in research and scholarship; and to engage with the community through entrepreneurship, service learning, cultural and artistic events and continuing education.


Gregory L. Fenves
Executive Vice President and Provost