Meet Dallas/Fort Worth’s Newest Tier One Research Universities

The news slipped through, but its significance should not be understated. Three local schools have achieved “Tier One” designation in research spending: UT Arlington, the University of North Texas in Denton, and UT Dallas.

There’s more to do. Another marker of “Tier One” status is membership in the invitation-only Association of American Universities, which in Texas so far includes only UT Austin, Texas A&M and private Rice University.

Tier One status solves real issues: more gifted high school students will stay in the D/FW region—many choose to leave to attend Tier One colleges in other states. Increased Federal funding comes with the status, as does more local investment in students and companies.

Having one research school (like Austin’s UT) is great for the local economy. Having three in one metro area points to the scale and quality of education available—and to an exciting opportunity for growth.

Read more here: Star-Telegram, University of Texas, Photo credit US Army.

  • Michael Sitarzewski is the Publisher of Launch DFW, co-founder and CEO of Epic Playground, Inc., makers of inboundgeo. He is a veteran entrepreneur (and a TechStars Cloud alum) with a specific focus on Web-based software and services. Sitarzewski has been a part of the internet startup culture since 1994 and has had two exits along the way. After a seven years in the Boulder, Colorado startup community, Michael returned to Dallas, Texas, in 2013 where he’s focused on growing and increasing the visibility of the burgeoning Dallas startup community. He is the EIR at The DEC, a mentor in the RevTech accelerator, and leads several events in the Dallas area. Sitarzewski considers helping people understand and leverage technology his life's work.

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