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UT President to focus on aid for students, teacher salaries

University of Texas President Greg Fenves talked about goals for the university in his State of the University address Tuesday. In the speech, he outlined three initiatives. (CBS Austin)

University of Texas President Greg Fenves talked about goals for the university in his State of the University address Tuesday. In the speech, he outlined three initiatives.

One goal is to help lower income students access the "American dream." That includes opening more financial aid opportunities for low to middle-income students.

Fenves also announced a new program to get students jobs quicker after graduation.

"Through 'College to Career,' UT will invest in mentorship and help place students in their first jobs where they can use the knowledge and skills they learned at UT," said Fenves.

Fenves' third priority is investing heavily in faculty and research to propel the university forward. There will be an effort to increase salary competitiveness, and work on recruitment and retention.

Fenves also touched on the new diversity and inclusion action plan he began last year.

"As a university, we will stand up for what we believe in," said Fenves. "And we will also listen. We will listen the voices on our campus and we will learn from one another, respect one another, and keep making progress together."

The Board of Regents allocated $24 million that will be used to fund these initiatives.

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