The university has gone through six name changes since its founding: (1890) Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute; (1894) North Texas Normal College; (1901) North Texas State Normal College; (1923) North Texas State Teachers College; (1949) North Texas State College; (1961) North Texas State University; (1988) University of North Texas and has been led by 12 presidents as follows: Joshua C. Chilton (1890-93); John J. Crumley (1893-94); Menter B. Terrill (1894-1901); J.S. Kendall (1901-06); W.H. Bruce (1906-23); Robert L. Marquis (1923-34); W.J. McConnell (1934-51); J.C. Matthews (1951-67); John J. Kamerick (1968-70); John Carter (acting, 1970-71); C.C. Nolen (1971-79); John Carter (acting, 1979-80); Frank E. Vandiver
UNT is recognized as a comprehensive, metropolitan research university and as a leader in the performance of many public services, assisting in the economic diversification of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area and the state of Texas. In 1987, the Select Committee on Higher Education designated UNT as one of five comprehensive research and graduate institutions in Texas. Since 1976, UNT has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Doctoral I University. In 1992, UNT was elected to full membership in the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges.
With an enrollment of approximately 25,000 in 1995-96 and a faculty of more than 1,000, UNT is the state's fourth-largest university. It serves students from every state in the nation and from approximately 100 foreign countries.
The university offers 131 undergraduate and graduate degree majors, including 81 at the undergraduate level. Since its founding, UNT has awarded more than 143,000 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. It has offered master's degrees since 1935 and doctoral degrees since 1950. As of October 1995, there were more than 69,000 active alumni in the Dallas-Fort Worth region and another 28,000 active alumni residing elsewhere.
Many business, industry, education, government and cultural activities that support university studies are based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Collectively, the faculty have contributed significantly to research and scholarship within various fields through numerous publications, presentations at scholarly conferences, concerts, recitals, exhibitions and performances.
Faculty leadership in teaching, research, creative activities, performance and service activities has created national and international reputations for excellence for a number of academic programs within the university's nine schools and colleges.
The Media Library in Chilton Hall houses a large collection of audiovisual materials, including motion pictures, tapes, recordings and videodiscs.
The Science and Technology Library, housed in the Information Sciences Building, emphasizes physics, chemistry, biology, computer science and library science and includes an outstanding collection in mathematics.
The Library Annex houses over 300,000 lesser used materials, sections of the University Archives, and the preservation and technical services departments of the University Libraries. Items located in the annex are so noted in the libraries' on-line catalog and a reading room is available for users in the annex. The Library Annex, located just off Airport Road on Precision, is near the main campus.
In addition to the services directly supported by Academic Computing Services, additional computer services also are available from the University Libraries as well as many college, school and departmental computer support centers. Examples include the libraries' on-line card catalog and CD-ROM databases; general access as well as instructional microcomputer laboratories in the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, School of Community Service, Department of Computer Sciences, College of Education, School of Library and Information Sciences, School of Visual Arts and numerous other departments; and UNIX-based minicomputers in the Department of Computer Sciences. Computer networks also are installed in most academic departments, providing connectivity with a variety of general-purpose and specialized computing equipment.
The IBM mainframe supports two operating systems for instruction and research: VM/CMS and OS/MVS, as well as COMPLETE, a teleprocessing monitor. OS/MVS provides batch processing while CMS is used for interactive computing under VM. Both UNIX super minicomputers run modern versions of the UNIX operating system.
Access to these and other computers is gained through an extensive fiber optic and cable television-based local area network (LAN) on campus or, from off campus, through telephone modems connected to the LAN. The fourteen general access microcomputer laboratories, strategically housed in ten buildings across campus, are available for general use by all students for access to central mainframe and minicomputer systems. Students using these laboratories also have access to both IBM-compatible and Macintosh personal computers as well as both draft and laser-quality printing.
The Computing Center also serves as a repository for a substantial body of machine-readable data including the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) data archives, Standard and Poor's COMPUSTAT, and the Center for Research in Security Prices' CRSP data sets. The university libraries also maintain a number of databases and other research materials on CD-ROM servers that are accessible through the campus network.
Academic Computing Services provides support for a variety of microcomputer-based software applications. Site licenses are maintained for microcomputer versions of SPSS and SAS, both of which provide statistical analysis capabilities. The general access microcomputer laboratories are open to all students and offer a wide variety of microcomputer applications accessible over a high-speed LAN.
Students wishing to participate in computer-based conferences on a wide variety of computer-related and non-computer-related subjects can take advantage of USENET news bulletin board systems.
Finally, BENCHMARKS, the Computing Center's newsletter, is published on a regular basis and serves as an excellent resource for current information systems at UNT.
Accreditation Commission for Programs in
Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business
American Chemical Society
American Library Association
American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology
American Psychological Association
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Association for Behavior Analysis
Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Council on Rehabilitation Education
Council on Social Work Education
Foundation for Interior Design Education Research
National Academy of Early Childhood Programs
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
Alliance for Higher Education
American Association for Higher Education
American Association of State Colleges and
American Council on Education
Association of Texas Colleges and Universities
Association of Texas Graduate Schools
Conference of Southern Graduate Schools
Federation of North Texas Area Universities
National Association of State Universities and
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
J.S. Farrington, Chair (1999), Dallas
Topsy Wright, Vice Chair, (1999), Grand Prairie
W. David Bayless Sr. (1997), Denison
Nancy Halbreich (1997), Dallas
Joe Kirven (2001), Dallas
Lucille G. Murchison (1999), Dallas
Burle Pettit (2001), Lubbock
John Robert "Bobby" Ray (2001), Plano
Don L. Rives (1997), Austin
Chancellor of the University of North Texas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth and President of the University of North Texas
Blaine A. Brownell, PhD,
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
David B. Kesterson, PhD,
Vice Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Frederick R. Pole, MS,
Vice President for Administrative Affairs
Walter E. Parker, MA,
Vice President for Governmental Affairs
Phillip C. Diebel, BBA, CPA,
Vice President for Finance and Business Affairs
David Shrader, DMA,
Interim Vice President for Development
Joe G. Stewart, EdD,
Vice President for Student Affairs
Richard S. Rafes, JD, PhD,
Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel
Nora K. Bell, PhD, Dean
College of Business Administration,
Henry H. Hays, PhD, Interim Dean
School of Community Service,
Daniel M. Johnson, PhD, Dean
College of Education,
Howard W. Smith Jr., EdD, Interim Dean
School of Library and Information Sciences,
James R. Miller, PhD, Interim Dean
School of Merchandising and Hospitality Management,
Suzanne V. LaBrecque, PhD, Dean
College of Music,
David Shrader, DMA, Dean
School of Visual Arts,
D. Jack Davis, PhD, Dean
Robert B. Toulouse School of Graduate Studies,
Rollie R. Schafer Jr., PhD, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Dean
B. Donald Grose, PhD, Director of Libraries
Individuals within the UNT community are unified by a primary purpose: learning. With that primary purpose in mind, UNT works to advance ideals of human worth and dignity by facilitating open discussion, supporting rational resolution of conflict and encouraging examination of values.
Harassment based on individual differences is inconsistent with UNT's mission and educational goals. Every member of the UNT community enjoys certain human and constitutional rights, including the right to free speech. At the same time, individuals who work, study, live and teach within this community are expected to refrain from behavior that threatens the freedom, safety and respect deserved by every community member in good standing.
Every member of the University of North Texas community must comply with federal and state equal opportunity laws and regulations. Such compliance will be not only a given standard, but is, in fact, a baseline from which our community works to assure fairness and equity to all who pursue their educational and professional goals here.
Students, faculty or staff who have concerns or questions should contact the appropriate office. Students should call the Dean of Students at (817) 565-2648. Faculty and staff should call the Office of Equal Opportunity at (817) 565-2456. TDD access: (800) 735-2989.
The university provides academic adjustments and auxiliary aids to individuals with disabilities, as defined under the law, who are otherwise qualified to meet the institution's academic and employment requirements. Students needing assistance may call (817) 565-4323. For information, call the Office of Disability Accommodation at (817) 565-4323 TDD access: (817) 565-2958, the Equal Opportunity Office at (817) 565-2456. TDD access is available through Relay Texas at (800) 735-2989.