UT Dallas could not have reached its current steady pace of reaching Tier One goals without the dedication of administrators, donors, faculty, legislators and friends of the University.

These links offer insight into how we got here.

Tier One Commentary and Discussion
Dr. David E. Daniel speaking
President Determined for UTD to Reach Tier One

Jan. 29, 2014 - For the last five years, UT Dallas President David E. Daniel has been stumping for money to help transform UTD into a Tier One research university. Dallas-Fort Worth is the largest U.S. metropolitan area without such a research flagship. Read more...

Researcher in lab
Reversing the Brain Drain – A Tier One Report

Spring 2013 - When President David E. Daniel set out to transform The University of Texas at Dallas into a national research university, he drafted a paper that could get the state school there. Read more...

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Tier One Prize Money Bill Passes Texas Senate

May 25, 2011 - After hitting a brief snag, the bill that creates a mechanism for the leaders in the race to become the state’s next Tier One university passed the state Senate today. Read more...

Tier One, Here We Come

Tier One, Here We Come

Fall, 2010 - UT Dallas President David E. Daniel's solution to the Tier One funding crunch was one of the great transformative political ideas in recent Texas history. Read more...

Legislation Successful in Helping Universities’ Tier One Push

Aug. 10, 2010 - The presidents of seven state universities said at a hearing that they have raised a collective $110 million in the last year to improve programs because of a push by the state to move them into coveted Tier One status. Read more...

Colleges Map Out Route to Top Tier

April 18, 2010 - In interviews and in plans filed with the state, university leaders have outlined how they hope to become one of the nation’s top research universities. Read more...

UT Dallas Nets $15.2 Million in Tier One Match Funds

UT Dallas Nets $15.2 Million in Tier One Match Funds

Feb. 19, 2010 - UT Dallas’ fund-raising push to achieve Tier One status has netted $15.2 million in matching funds, the University’s share of money that lawmakers have set aside for the Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP). Read more...

There are additional stories on our Commentary Archive page.