Founded in 1901 as the state’s only public university dedicated to the education of women, Texas Woman’s has grown, prospered, and advanced in bold ways. It pioneered distance education; expanded undergraduate and graduate programs; extended its reach by adding campuses in Dallas and Houston and admitting men; and broke new ground in areas ranging from pedagogy to research and creative arts.
Texas Woman’s developed a focus on health and well-being, on a learn-by-doing pedagogy, and on diversity with an emphasis on women. This distinctive approach extends learning beyond the classroom to prepare students not just for jobs but for careers, leadership, service, health, and happiness. Texas Woman’s provided education for individuals who were marginalized because of their gender; it now extends that mission to diverse populations.
Texas Woman’s is inclusive while maintaining a focus on the unique contributions that women bring to all facets of human endeavor, from corporate boardrooms and virtual classrooms to intensive care units, senate chambers, research laboratories, performance halls, and community outreach centers. Texas Woman’s aspires to address the needs of a changing world and a contemporary student body.
With this plan, the four areas of distinction and five imperatives will propel Texas Woman’s toward further excellence. The distinctions and imperatives will continue our historic purpose of advancing the quality of the human experience, honoring diverse people and perspectives, and pioneering discovery in areas vital to the well being of Texans.