What is your greatest dream for UNT?

Whether you are a student, faculty, staff, alum or community member, you have a connection with UNT and likely have hopes for how we can be the best possible UNT. We want to capture your dreams for UNT. Tell us your dreams by leaving a comment below or tweet your #UNTDreams.

My dream for UNT is that...

“We inspire critical thinkers and game changers.”

− Anna Pechenina, graduate student who participated in the Planning Implementation workshop

“We become recognized as a premier research institution offering an outstanding educational experience.”

− Marilyn Wiley, College of Business, sharing feedback from discussions at the Planning Implementation workshop

“We reconnect our alumni back to our university.”

− Rick Villarreal, Athletics Director

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Maureen McGuinnessassistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, speaking for table 1 at the Planning Implementation Workshop

  1. Economic and intellectual growth with both the city of Denton and UNT
  2. Denton involved in UNT activities and sports
  3. Regional and national recognition of UNT's world-class programs
  4. Competitive with quality, education and integrity
  5. World-class facilities for UNT's world-class programs

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:08
Hank Dickensondeputy athletic director, speaking for table 2 at the Planning Implementation Workshop

  1. UNT is first choice for high school graduates
  2. Every UNT student graduates
  3. UNT will finally emerge
  4. Best graduates utilize their skills in Denton

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:09
Jason Simonassociate vice provost for institutional research and effectiveness, speaking for table 3 at the Planning Implementation Workshop

  1. Establish an engaged and retained UNT community (students, alumni, friends, etc.)
  2. Own the North Texas region – we are the premier university of higher education 
  3. Be a destination for the creative and performing arts
  4. Build and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that mirrors the student population
  5. Be a place where creativity and critical thinking are the norm

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:12
Rebecca Lothringerexecutive director of admissions, speaking for table 4 at the Planning Implementation Workshop

  1. Community engagement and economic development:
    1. Align job growth of Denton with talent resources of UNT graduates
    2. Be a source of talent to Denton and beyond
  2. Focus on highest quality of scholarship:
    1. First choice
    2. Talented and diverse student populations
    3. Make this our identity – diverse academic programs and disciplines (not just music)
  3. Progressive focus:
    1. We take risks
    2. We are not afraid of change
    3. We are innovative
  4. Culture of cooperation and inclusion between faculty/staff/students/community
  5. Identity is well known – not just a music school – and UNT is recognizable throughout the region, nation and globe. People know what UNT is all about – talent, research, community and education

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:13
Mike Saylersenior associate dean in the College of Education, speaking for table 5 at the Planning Implementation Workshop

  1. Increase academic reputation – be a place people turn to for answers
  2. Serve community across colleges and schools – a Community Services Building on the edge of campus could house academic programs that train students in service occupations and offer one-stop-shopping for community members
  3. Student support – fully fund students who experience interaction with faculty and whose lives are transformed by UNT
  4. UNT becomes a community where people are unified in pursuits beyond personal interests
  5. Increase connections between UNT and the business community

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:13
Dee Knightassociate dean in the College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, speaking for table 6 at the Planning Implementation Workshop

  1. Reach Tier 1 status
  2. Change for the better for the life of every student
  3. Make the world a better place (affect society in a positive way)
  4. Become No. 1 destination for freshmen
  5. Make UNT an academic, cultural and service center of excellence

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:14
Annette Lawrenceprofessor and chair of the Department of Studio Art, speaking for table 7 at the Planning Implementation Workshop

  1. Lift academics, arts and athletics (the 3-legged stool), all at the same time
  2. Maintain intimate relationships with students
  3. Break down silos – need a “stable” leadership
  4. Valued as a world-class provider – not just for Texas
  5. Everyone will understand money – where it comes from and where it goes and why (return on investment)

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:18
Patrick Pluschtassociate vice provost for learning enhancement, speaking for table 8 at the Planning Implementation Workshop

  1. Be a cultural destination famed for its environment and activities as part of the Denton community
  2. Build community houses (recruiting centers) where underrepresented members of the community can gather, learn about UNT (including how to apply) and feel at home as members of UNT and feel like UNT belongs to them
  3. Every student, faculty member and staff person feels welcome at UNT
  4. Both international and domestic students feel welcomed to campus with excellent transition programs
  5. UNT is geographically dispersed in the community with more opportunities such as UNT on the Square and engaged scholarship with the community

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 10:19
Teresa McKinneyassistant vice president for student affairs, speaking for table 9 at the Planning Implementation Workshop

  1. First choice institution for employees and students
  2. Tier 1 status – renowned for academic excellence and research
  3. Reconnect alumni/former students back to the university
  4. Nationally recognized university with several nationally ranked programs
  5. Entire university encourages a strong, broad-based and connective experience for each student rather than trying to replicate our own

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:20
Marilyn Wileysenior associate dean in the College of Business, speaking for table 10 at the Planning Implementation Workshop

  1. University of choice in North Texas region
  2. National leader in innovative change
  3. Model of efficiency and effectiveness
  4. Recognized as a premier research institution offering an outstanding educational experience
  5. Fulfill our mission of service to the community

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 11:20