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Sustainability is recognized as a key for attaining long-term prosperity within a political, geographic and cultural region. Previously, there were times when economic growth was considered the primary factor for regional development; however, nowadays environmental and social aspects of sustainability are increasingly recognized to be equally important. Advancement of sustainability within a region can be substantively impacted by higher educational institutions, which can play a crucial role in the advancement of a region’s quality of life. In this regard, far West Texas is a unique region located at the interstices of three states and two nations, and the role played by the university in this location is special. During the past century, the university has been influencing and uplifting the lives of the people of the far West Texas region. Historically, the far West Texas region has lagged behind other places in the state of Texas and within the U.S., in terms of the national average (literacy, income, etc.). Through the university’s vision and sustained focus on mission implementation, working with key partners including the city administration and the region’s educational institutions, the education, literacy, and income level of the region is steadily rising with a gradual improvement in the quality of life for the bi-cultural and bi-literate population of this unique and special region. The far West Texas region has a dry climate, so conserving the environment while maintaining economic growth and social mobility is challenging but critical and equally important. Through a number of important measures, reported in this contribution, the university has been instrumental in advancing and driving knowledge growth, while understanding and increasing recognition of the interrelationship between the pillars of sustainability. As a result this has brought about advancement in community and society well-being (fresh-water supply being one key example in an arid environment) and continuously working to support local organizations, community groups, and federal government agencies responsible to protect the environment. The reported study provides important insights into the university’s role in creating more awareness and support for sustainability in this designated region.
Raj, A., & Golding, P., & Golding, D. E., & Starks, S. A., & Contreras Sapien, L. R., & Aranda Luna, S. (2020, June), Study of the Impact of the University on Sustainability in Far West Texas Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35251
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