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Texas State University Boilerplate Language
Authorized by the Texas Legislature in 1899, Southwest Texas State Normal School opened its doors in 1903. Over the years, the Legislature broadened the institution's scope and changed its name, in succession, to Southwest Texas State Normal College, Southwest Texas State Teachers College, Southwest Texas State College, Southwest Texas State University, and in 2003 to Texas State University. Each name reflects the university's growth from a small teacher preparation institution to a major, multipurpose university. Texas State's original mission was to prepare Texas public school teachers. It became renowned for carrying out this mission, but today it does far more.
Source: https://www.txstate.edu/about (accessed 2019.07.19)
Texas State University is a public, student-centered, Emerging Research University located in San Marcos, halfway between the Austin and San Antonio metropolitan areas. It ranks as the largest public university in the Texas State University System, 5th largest in Texas, and 30th largest in the country. Texas State is a doctoral granting university whose more than 38,694 students choose from 98 bachelor's, 93 master's, and 14 doctoral degree programs offered through nine colleges: Applied Arts, McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts & Communication, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, University College, and the Graduate College. Home to an increasingly diverse campus community where ethnic minorities make up 52% of the student body -- 36% are Hispanic -- Texas State has achieved federal designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Texas State’s Round Rock Campus, located just north of Austin, offers junior- and senior-level classes that lead to 13 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 13 professional certificates.
Source: https://www.txstate.edu/research/osp/pre-award-support/preparing-a-proposal/Fact-Sheet.html (accessed 2019.07.19)
Our students come from around the globe, and our student body is diverse. Fifty-two percent of Texas State students are ethnic minorities. Texas State ranks 14th in the nation for total bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students.
In 2012, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board named Texas State an “Emerging Research University,” a designation that allows the university to tap into special state funds designed to bolster higher education research. This designation affirms Texas State’s commitment to support faculty as active scholars in their respective disciplines and to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research. To coordinate efforts to achieve designation as a national research university, in April 2019 Texas State adopted an updated Strategic Plan for Research with targeted investments of institutional funds to support increased research activity across the university.
As befits an emerging research university, Texas State has demonstrated tremendous growth in its research enterprise. From fiscal year 2009 through fiscal year 2013, Texas State experienced a 57 percent increase in restricted research expenditures, which was the second largest rate of increase by any Emerging Research University (ERU) during that time period. During the next five-year period from fiscal year 2014 to 2018 Texas State experienced a 70 percent increase in restricted research expenditures, which was the largest rate of increase by an ERU during that time period and which resulted in a new institutional benchmark of $35.6 million in fiscal year 2018. Furthermore, Texas State’s gross increase in restricted research expenditures during fiscal years 2009 to 2013 was $7,608,261, making it the third largest gross increase among all ERUs. The gross increase in restricted research expenditures for fiscal years 2014 to 2018 almost doubled—$14.6 million—demonstrating consistent progress toward the goal of $45 million. These data reflect Texas State’s commitment to and support of research activity as it continues its transformation into a research university.
Source: https://www.txstate.edu/research/about-us/strategic-plan.html (accessed 2019.07.19)
The primary mission of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is to support and promote the research and scholarly creative activity needs of the faculty and staff while ensuring compliance and scholarly integrity. Toward that end, the ORSP assists the University research community advance research and commercialization efforts, encourages interdisciplinary activities across campus, facilitates collaboration with external partners, and provides matching funds to support new programs and initiatives. In addition, this office provides support for research activities through a variety of services, including Pre and Post Award Support, Research Integrity and Compliance, Research Development and Strategic Initiatives, and Research Records and System Services. Six multidisciplinary centers and institutes also report to the ORSP.
Source: https://www.txstate.edu/research/about-us/list_of_research_support.html (accessed 2019.07.19)
College of Education Boilerplate Language
Texas State University’s College of Education is a premier professional school, dedicated to enhancing human potential for all through excellent teaching, relevant scholarship, and community engagement.
Texas State is home to one of the largest traditional university-based teacher preparation programs in the United States, as befits an institution that began in 1899 as a teachers’ college. Each year, 700-800 candidates are recommended for state teaching certificates and during the 2018-19 academic year, 4,086 students were enrolled in teacher certification programs. As a result, teacher education constitutes a significant portion of programming in the college and remains a university-wide endeavor. Faculty housed in academic departments across the university teach subject-area content knowledge and content-based pedagogical courses designed for future secondary teachers, and the Department of Curriculum & Instruction’s 120+ faculty members teach pedagogical and other courses necessary for state certification. Reflecting Texas State’s status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, 39% of students seeking certification are Hispanic.
In addition to preparing teachers, the College of Education delivers certification and licensure programs for other school personnel, including reading specialists, school counselors, school psychologists, principals, and superintendents. Graduates of these programs are employed in student support and school leadership positions across the state. The college also prepares students for careers in professional counseling, marriage and family therapy, athletic training, exercise and sports science, adult fitness, public health, physical education, and recreation therapy and administration.The College offers four doctoral degrees: Ph.D. in Adult, Professional, and Community Education; Ph.D. in School Improvement; and the first Ph.D. and one of the few Ed.D. degrees in the nation in Developmental Education.
Department Undergraduate Graduate & Post-Bacc Doctoral Curriculum & Instruction (C&I) 1,726 325 38 Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology (CLAS) N/A 453 140 Health & Human Performance (HHP) 2,864 200 N/A TOTALS 4,590 931 178
Semester Undergraduate Graduate & Post-Bacc Doctoral Fall 2018 408 111 12 Spring 2019 482 212 15
The College of Education Research Office (COERO) increases research capacity by supporting faculty and students throughout the grant proposal development, post-award administration, and publication processes. Through relevant and rigorous research, College of Education faculty and students contribute to Texas State's designation as a Research University and place the College at the forefront of local, state, and national discussions regarding research-based policies, programs, and practices. Current research in the College is as broad as the program offerings and faculty interests, and addresses enhancing teaching and learning in bilingual literacy; social emotional well-being; first responder stress; concussions; educational equity; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); postsecondary persistence and success; play and animal-assisted therapy; student behavior and school safety; and muscle functioning.
The College of Education is experienced in administering large multi-year, multi-million dollar research projects, including recent grant awards from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, United States Department of Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Institute of Education Sciences, and Texas Workforce Commission. Two full-time staff members support the pre-award and post-award processes associated with proposal development, grant administration and management, and dissemination of findings. In addition, a university-level Senior Grant Accountant helps to ensure proper stewardship of all funded research.
Texas State’s teacher preparation program consists of baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate elementary, middle, secondary, and all-level options leading to certificates in over 30 different areas. The program produces professional educators with a strong understanding of the subject matter they teach as well as effective instructional skills to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse learners in their classrooms. The program is approved by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification and nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Grounded in evidence-based teacher preparation and induction practices closely aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation’s standards and recommendations, the program produces teachers who are knowledgeable, effective, and caring.
The College’s Office of Educator Preparation (OEP), which oversees the teacher preparation program, works closely with approximately 80 school districts across the state to provide student teaching placements and identify cooperating teachers for 350-400 student teachers each semester. The student teaching experience provides teacher candidates with opportunities to apply, in authentic settings, what they have learned in their courses while being mentored by experienced teachers. University supervisors trained in a valid and reliable research-based evaluation protocol observe student teachers in their classrooms and provide feedback and support throughout the semester-long experience. The OEP also hosts two teacher job fairs each year that are attended by representatives from approximately 150 Texas school districts.
The Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) prepares knowledgeable and effective educators who are responsive to the diverse needs of society. Through school and community partnerships, the department advances research-based inquiry and instructional approaches that influence practice and policy. The C&I department offers doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate degrees that focus on the preparation and development of teachers and teacher leaders. All undergraduate programs in the department lead to initial teaching certification, and the field-based emphasis of these programs has garnered recognition and has led to outstanding collaborative relationships with local school districts.
The C&I Department offers two doctoral degrees in developmental education: the first-ever Ph.D. and one of the few Ed.D. degrees in the country. Students complete highly personalized, multidisciplinary degree plans with core coursework focused on developmental education theory, research methods, and professional development. With specializations in developmental literacy, developmental mathematics, and learning support, all graduates are equipped to respond to the needs of college students. Foci include the complexities of motivation, teaching, learning, and assessment in developmental education settings, as well as the political, cultural, and social systems that create inequities in educational settings. By providing its doctoral students with rigorous research, scholarly, and professional experiences in an apprenticeship model, Texas State’s developmental education program aims to affect change in multiple areas related to developmental education and meet the urgent need for advanced practitioners and researchers in a rapidly changing field.
The Clinic for Autism Research, Evaluation, and Support (CARES Clinic) provides assessment, education and treatment services for people with developmental and/or intellectual disability including individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The Clinic offers services that are supportive of families and that focus on consistency through training school and agency personnel to apply research-based practices. Services include diagnostic and behavioral assessment, clinic- and home-based educational programs, social skills groups, job-coaching, functional behavior assessments, behavior intervention planning, consultations, and leisure skills training. To help address the overwhelming number of Texas children on waiting lists to receive services, the CARES Clinic has been funded by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop and implement evidence-based protocols for Texas children with autism spectrum disorders.
The Department of Health and Human Performance (HHP) is a leader in preparing students for careers in adult fitness, athletic training, exercise and sports science, public health, physical education, and recreation therapy and administration. The ultimate goal of the department is to enhance the quality of life for all through the teaching, research, service and professional growth and development of its students. HHP faculty are nationally and internationally known for their research in athletic training, exercise science, public health and recreation. Recent visiting scholars from Brazil, Egypt, South Korea and Spain have collaborated with HHP faculty in a multitude of research projects. Regionally HHP is proud to have numerous experiential learning programs in San Marcos and throughout Texas that enable Texas State faculty and students to meet the needs of their communities, while simultaneously gaining valuable learning experiences by working with youth and adults in community agencies, schools, clinics, and businesses. The department also provides a diverse Physical Fitness and Wellness (PFW) program of courses for Texas State students.
The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology (CLAS) provides graduate education that promotes personal, cultural, social, emotional, educational and economic growth. Faculty and students engage in meaningful teaching, learning, research, and service that lead directly to significant transformational changes in schools, organizations, communities, and institutions locally and globally. The department’s scholars and students actively generate relevant and dynamic research that advances the fields of education, mental health, and higher education. The multidisciplinary and multicultural nature of the department provides opportunities to model collaboration across disciplines, and to learn from one another while remaining respectful of and responsive to individuals and groups from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
The LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research unites cross-institutional scholarly efforts towards researching approaches for improving access and opportunity for historically underrepresented populations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education by facilitating projects that engage multiple audiences at many levels including K-12 students, university students, teachers (current and future) and university professors. Since its founding in 2012, its researchers have been awarded more than $28 million in research funding from agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the United States Department of Education, Amazon, and the National Center for Women and Information Technology. This funding enables the participating principal investigators to lead research initiatives that explore interventions in curriculum and pedagogy to transform STEM education while increasing the participation and success of diverse communities of educators and students. The funded interventions include summer engineering camps for children and youth, community building experiences for STEM faculty, innovative STEM education curricula and instructional methods for future teachers, studies on motivation and identity development for educators and learners in the STEM fields, and professional development for teachers and professors. The LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research engages in scholarly research with corporate, federal, and academic partners on a national and international level.