What are your dreams and expectations for UNT?

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Dear UNT community,

The 2014 Planning Implementation Workshop last month was an inspiring, productive brainstorming session. We asked for no holds barred input from the students, faculty, staff, administrative leaders and community stakeholders who participated in the workshop. They shared what they see as UNT's strengths and weaknesses and ideas for how we can be more valuable to the world around us.

Many saw the same strengths and weaknesses in UNT, and many — especially our community partners — had eye-opening perspectives of how the world perceives UNT.

Now, I want your feedback. We've launched the Planning Implementation webpage to house all of the great ideas that you and the workshop participants generate and to provide an online forum for your input. You also can read through the top priorities developed by the workshop participants.

There are three big questions, which will form the basis for a broad yearlong discussion about making UNT a nationally prominent university. So, please consider and answer:

  • What is your greatest dream for UNT?
  • What does the world want from UNT?
  • What are our unique attributes and market niche?

I want to know how you think UNT can improve so that we're providing the best education to our students and offering a supportive, nurturing environment for our students, faculty and staff. I want to know how you think we can be more action-oriented and accountable. I want to know how you think we can become better known and better valued. I also want to know what are your hopes and aspirations for UNT.

I hope you'll take the opportunity to share your insight and your vision for UNT. All of this will shape our priorities today and our path tomorrow.

And don’t forget to join us for the State of the University at 3 p.m. Sept. 17, 2014, at the Murchison Performing Arts Center. I will be discussing our action plan that will guide what we will accomplish for the year.

UNT proud,

Neal Smatresk