Universities serve as bridges between potential and opportunity. While academic degree programs provide one form of training to students, research and scholarship provide more focus on problem-solving and hands-on experiences, widening that bridge and expanding the path to success.
At the Island University, our vision is to become an Emerging Research University with an unparalleled commitment to every student’s success, closing gaps in achievement and delivering a robust campus experience. Achieving that vision requires that we increase the amount of research and scholarly activity and the number of Ph.D. students we train.
Identity and history influence how we pursue this ambitious objective. From its founding in 1947 as Corpus Christi State University to its position today as a member of the Texas A&M University System with 12,000 students on campus, the University’s growth has paralleled that of the City of Corpus Christi and leveraged its cultural and physical geography. As a Hispanic Serving Institution located on its own island and serving as the home to the Harte Research Institute, a premier marine science research institute, research funding on campus has steadily increased..
Other developments also support and position the campus for growth. For example, the City of Corpus Christi’s gift of the Momentum campus allows room for expansion and the designation of our campus by the Federal Aviation Administration as one of seven drone test sites has initiated a new area of research strength and curricular development.
In addition to these landmark changes, the day-to-day work of students, staff and faculty is what stimulates the shift in culture on campus. Indeed, increasing research does not mean that teaching becomes less important. Vigorous research initiatives on campus produce a learning environment that inspires and motivates students and better prepares them for the challenges of work and graduate school. Most external research funding supports student, staff and researcher salaries, which enables our students to offset the cost of higher education.
The staff members of Research, Commercialization and Outreach look forward to supporting and promoting Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s mission through another year of research growth and continued student engagement.
Vice President for Research, Commercialization and Outreach
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