Presidential Commission on the Run to R1

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  • The commission will conduct a comprehensive review of our current strategies, identify strategies that need to be sunset, conduct benchmarking and data analysis, determine which metrics are most important in achieving R1 status, set aggressive targets, identify strategies and resources needed to meet those targets, and prioritize those strategies and resources. To become an R1 university by 2027, President Damphousse asked the commission to:

    • Think outside of the box and dream big. Be fearless!
    • Avoid the temptation of saying “but we have always done it this way.” Henry Ford once said: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
    • Set aggressive targets and timelines. Make bold recommendations to meet those targets.
    • Explore opportunities for accelerating the Run to R1 on all campuses (including the Round Rock Campus, STAR Park, and Freeman Ranch).
    • Avoid falling into the trap of only focusing on STEM disciplines at the expense of the arts and humanities. A great university must have a real appreciation for a broad range of disciplines.
    • Make tough decisions around recommendations, resources, and priorities. Investment is likely not to be equally distributed.
    • Keep in mind that while achieving National Research University Fund (NRUF) eligibility is important to the university, the focus of this Commission is not NRUF.
    • September 15, 2022 – Members of the Presidential Commission on the Run to R1 were notified by President Damphousse of their invitation to be an inaugural member of the commission, beginning with a one-year renewable term.
    • October 5, 2022 – In the commission’s first meeting, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 5, President Damphousse will discuss the charge and answer any questions the group may have.
    • January 9, 2023 – Dr. Damphousse set this deadline to receive the first report from the commission, via the chair Dr. Mandayam.
    • Quarterly Updates – Following the commission’s first report, Dr. Damphousse has requested quarterly updates until R1 is attained. The goal is to achieve R1 by 2027.
    • Shreekanth Mandayam, Chief Research Officer and Associate Vice President for Research and Federal Relations (Chair)
    • Cristine Black, Associate Vice President for Budgeting, Financial Planning and Analysis
    • Lynn Brinckmeyer, Professor, School of Music and Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Research
    • Stephen Ciullo, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
    • Ron Epperson, Major Gift Officer
    • Denise Gobert, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
    • Andrea Golato, Dean of The Graduate College
    • Jennifer Irvin, Co-Director of Materials Applications Research Center
    • Aimee Roundtree, Professor, Department of English
    • Kate Spradley, Professor, Department of Anthropology
    • Marc Turner, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research
    • Damian Valles Molina, Assistant Professor, Ingram School of Engineering
    • Melinda Villagran, Executive Director of Translational Health Research Center
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“As we accelerate our progress toward becoming an R1 institution, we will stay true to Texas State’s long-standing commitment to teaching, student-centeredness, and student success. In fact, when done right, becoming an R1 institution will honor this rich history and preserve this unique identity. Teaching and research are two sides of the same academic coin. Research professors are not merely the disseminators of knowledge, but the creators of new knowledge. They incorporate their discoveries (and the process of discovery) into course materials, teaching students valuable critical thinking skills. Students who are immersed in rich research environments are better prepared for successful careers, they graduate on time, and they get jobs.” - President Damphousse