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Do you think TXST is waiting on Truath to retire before announcing/starting a fundraising campaign? I could be very wrong on this, but it seems easier to fund-raise with a fresh face leading the way.


it is hard to say at this point the average age of university presidents is 61.7 (62 years) old and going up steadily

the average tenure is 8.5 years (and I believe declining steadily)

she is 70 and has been the president of Texas State since 2002 so 16 years so she is well past the point of being above average in age and tenure for a university president

the link above to the relatively obscure Texas State web page talking about fund raising is pretty new so that is a start, but generally you let everyone know a fundraiser is starting in a pretty public way and then you have a "silent phase" where you decide on the overall goals and get large donors lined up and then at some point (generally before half way in the time frame, but past half way in the dollar amount) you flesh out the total dollars desired and the expected end date and you have the "public phase" and hopefully have a few big donors still lined up to give larger amounts to keep things "exciting"

that is pretty much what UTSA did with their first campaign and they even bumped the goals up part way through and went a bit more "public" earlier after they got a large unexpected donation

the last campaign for Texas State started out similar to what I outlined above with an announcement, a "quiet phase" and then a public phase, but the public phase kind of in my mind pretty much went silent in the last couple of years

early on in the public phase if I remember there were updates on the total with a temperature gauge looking graphic and then that went away for the last couple of years and it was just "closing this out" and then "completed success"

and this new set of goals seems to just have been placed out there as if it is internal to the university and everyone else can just happen upon the page and see "hey there are some goals"

unfortunately the last two paragraphs are way too "north Texas state" (a TERRIBLE fundraising university) for me and are indicative of not really putting a lot of effort into a campaign and hoping that investment returns and just average to above average annual fundraising gets you to your goal in the allotted time frame

and at this point I see no indication that she is looking to retire I think it is getting to a turning point for Texas State right now where she either sets some goals, sets a campaign, sets some dates and does it or there will be some half hearted effort left for someone else to clean up (see north Texas state again and again as I believe their last two "campaigns" ended with a new president and not much fan fair and no real accounting of the overall effort other than "we did it" and then both of the campaigns were promptly killed on all university websites and not mentioned at all) or there will be a "close out" or removal of the current page on the website and then a delay if a new person takes over

in the case of UTSA it looks like about 24 months will have passed between the old guy retiring and the new guy starting a capital campaign (it could be 18 months it is a bit cloudy for me on the dates since Romo left early because of the "brazos" issue)


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Is TXST going to jump up in any of the NRUF metrics by adding a few more useless minors?

Is it just me or is a bad look for the leadership of the institution to bend curriculum to cater to the demands of a handful of 19 year old activist students instead of the job market -- especially when your school already isn't doing a great in job placement after graduation?


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Is TXST going to jump up in any of the NRUF metrics by adding a few more useless minors?

Is it just me or is a bad look for the leadership of the institution to bend curriculum to cater to the demands of a handful of 19 year old activist students instead of the job market -- especially when your school already isn't doing a great in job placement after graduation?


College is a good time to take some random classes to further your interest in a subject. At the end of the day, a student should have an idea of the job market for certain majors. There are plenty of mass comm majors that sure don't do anything in that field. There are only a few majors that have big payoffs upon graduation.

I wouldn't mind a few classes that teach kids about how to work in a diverse environment or to understand others cultures. Those types of skills can go a long way in becoming a good manager and working in teams.


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tx.state wrote:
Is TXST going to jump up in any of the NRUF metrics by adding a few more useless minors?

Is it just me or is a bad look for the leadership of the institution to bend curriculum to cater to the demands of a handful of 19 year old activist students instead of the job market -- especially when your school already isn't doing a great in job placement after graduation?


the answer I would say is no not at all and it would probably be slightly harmful

BUT with that said back in about 2012 or so (I do not have the exact date) Texas State offered 101 undergrad degrees, 88 masters and 9 doctoral degrees then in 2014 after there were budget cuts (that date is known) Texas State offered 96 undergrad degrees, 86 masters and 12 doctoral degrees

currently on the website they state 98, 91 and 13 so Texas state has not been adding many undergrad degrees and in fact they have been cutting them and they have added some masters and doctoral degrees which should help in NRUF standings

and the undergrad degrees that I know Texas State has added recently mainly in engineering should help greatly with NRUF metrics

now there is a SLIM chance (I would say not much at all) that Texas State cut some meaningful undergrad degrees that have research intensive faculty in the past several years and added SJW degrees, but I see no evidence of that.....BUT I do see some evidence of adding SJW type faculty in some degree programs specifically with the math professor listing that is in this forum and the agriculture department seems to have added a couple of SJWs very recently and taken a (poor) turn in that direction

but of course SJWing is "hot" right now so there is grant money for that BS as well......so even if it is IMO detrimental to the university overall it does still present opportunity to bring in grants....but IMO it should be monitored by alumni and concerned tax payers to make sure it does not get out of hand and trash a university that is moving up in a number of important factors and or trash departments that have long been leaders of the university

at this point Truth might need to be encouraged to move on like Romo at UTSA and someone else can be brought in to get back to making meaningful advancements she seems to have hit a plateau at this point even if she had a very good run during her time

so the short answer is I do not see Texas State as currently ramping up the McDegrees and the B.A. in Do You Want Fries With That and they are planning to add more engineering undergrad degrees and are adding masters and doctoral degrees

and Texas State is down from 101 undergrads offered from back in the 2012 time period even if up 2 from the 2014 period


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