There is a saying, “A company is known by the people it keeps.” Indeed, this is true of Texas Tech University.
In the last month, our great university was the beneficiary of recognitions of which we all can be proud. And, it’s due to the faculty, staff and students who call Texas Tech home, and our alumni who graced our grounds in the past. We can only be as successful as our people. And the legacy and success of our people allow us to maintain a healthy reputation nationally.
Reflected in that reputation is the high quality of faculty we are able to attract to Texas Tech. In the past year alone, we’ve welcomed more than 130 new faculty to campus from some of the nation’s elite research institutions, including the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins University and MIT, to name a few. These hires are not possible without offering the resources and collaborative environment we encourage here every day.
Many of you may have heard that Texas Tech University recently was named the No. 1 university employer nationally in a survey conducted by Glassdoor, a company that provides an inside look at companies and jobs across the country. This top ranking is due to positive feedback from our faculty and staff, and we truly appreciate their commitment to the university mission and experience they provide our students.
Additionally, the university ranked ninth nationally among “very large schools” by The Alumni Factor, which bases its rankings on school experience and post-graduate outcomes of university alumni. This is a testament to the pride and appreciation our alumni have in their university. Texas Tech University has a wonderful and supportive alumni base, and this has been evident at the many Texas Tech Alumni Association events I’ve had the privilege to attend.
When our faculty, staff, students and alumni share their pride in Texas Tech, it echoes externally. An example is this year’s record fall enrollment of 33,111 students – the first time our numbers have exceeded 33,000! Each year more students choose Texas Tech University, and we couldn’t be more proud to welcome them. Included in this year’s totals are records for freshman class and transfer student attendance. Also, our Hispanic and African-American enrollments are at record levels.
Everyone associated with Texas Tech University – whether a faculty or staff member, current or former student, or friend – should take pride in the direction we’re headed. We often say, “It’s a great time to be at Texas Tech.” I think it’s always a great time to be at Texas Tech!
M. Duane Nellis, Ph.D.