UT Launches Website To Solicit Good Ideas

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Woodrow Wilson once said, “I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.”

UT president Bill Powers appears to have taken a cue from Wilson, a former university president (Princeton) himself, in launching The Ideas of Texas website Monday.

Billed as a way to stimulate creative problem solving on issues facing the University, the site is essentially an electronic suggestion box where everyone can see and comment on every suggestion.

The thought is that by allowing the ideas to discussed and then voted horns up or horns down, the best will rise to the top for consideration by the president’s office.

“In these challenging times, when we must do more with fewer resources, sharing good ideas is invaluable,” Powers said in e-mail to students and alumni. “The Ideas of Texas will give each of you an opportunity to contribute ideas to enhance teaching, research, student life, and the alumni experience, increase productivity, reduce costs, and improve our effectiveness.”

An earlier version of the site launched for faculty and staff in November.

Got a good idea? Lend your brains now!


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