The Texas State University System delivers an outstanding return on investment for the state and our students. Our academic offerings -- both online and in the classroom -- are aligned with the workforce needs of Texas and rapidly expanding to meet the demands of our economy. But our impact extends far beyond the classroom -- where researchers are working to provide solutions for Texas: protecting and preserving our precious water resources, eradicating invasive species that threaten our economy, and training the nation's law enforcement officers how to save lives in mass shootings.
The Authority on Water Resource Management in Texas
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University works to develop programs and techniques to ensure sustainable water resources for the people, ecosystems and economy of Texas. The Meadows Center's areas of study include rivers and springs, streams, aquifers, and the watersheds that feed them, as well as the lakes, bays, and estuaries into which they flow. By forging partnerships with concerned stakeholders, the Meadows Center fosters practical solutions to the real-world problems of water resource management.
The State's Most Comprehensive Invasive Species Research Program
The Texas Invasive Species Institute (TISI) is the first system-wide research institute established by the Texas State University System. It's also the first comprehensive effort in Texas focused on the early detection of and rapid response to multiple new invasive species that impact, or have the potential to impact, ecosystems and produce major economic effects. TISI currently draws from the expertise of more than 40 researchers within the Texas State University System, allowing TISI to apply effective measures currently lacking in Texas when dealing with detection and rapid response to invasive species.
The 'Gold Standard' in Advanced Law Enforcement Training
The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Program at Texas State University was created in 2002 as a partnership between the university, the San Marcos Police Department and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. Using more than $30 million in state and federal grant funding in the last 12 years, the ALERRT Center has trained more than 60,000 police officers nationwide in dynamic, force-on-force scenario-based training. FBI Special Agents now train state and local officers from across the U.S. using the ALERRT curriculum.
The Most Agile and Effective Water Treatment System in the World
The Deployable Aerobic Aqueous Bioreactor (DAAB) is a biological wastewater treatment system with high cleaning efficiency in a small, modular unit designed for transport and use virtually anywhere. The concept was developed at the Texas Institute for Environmental Studies at Sam Houston State University but, in 2007, became a Texas State University System project. The easy-to-use technology can be activated within a 48-hour period with the capability to treat wastewater to EPA discharge standards. It requires little expertise to maintain and can be configured to run on solar and other alternate power supplies.
The Best at Preparing Graduates for Jobs or Graduate School in Texas
More than 80 percent of our graduates are employed or continuing their education in Texas within one year of graduating -- the highest percentage of any university system in Texas. Simply put, we prepare students to succeed in their careers by providing degree options that are aligned with the workforce needs of the state. Students who earn a degree or certificate from our member institutions gain the skills, knowledge and inspiration needed to excel in their chosen field. These and other measures of our success are highlighted on our Productivity Dashboard.
Rapidly Expanding Online Course Offerings to Reach More Students
Over the last decade, online enrollments at our member institutions have increased more than 1,000 percent, from 6,900 semester credit hours in 2003 to 99,000 semester credit hours in 2013. By rapidly expanding our online course offerings, we have helped thousands of Texans -- working professionals, military personnel, and those living in underserved areas -- access higher education services and realize their dreams of better jobs and better lives. For a complete list of degrees and certificates offered by our institutions, including online degrees, visit our Degree Finder.