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ORAU Welcomes Texas Tech University as a Sponsoring Institution

The University of the District of Columbia Joins as an Associate Member

April 21, 2011

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.— Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) recently welcomed Texas Tech University as its newest sponsoring institution during the 66th annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions held in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The University of the District of Columbia was also accepted as an associate member.

"We're honored to have Texas Tech University join our growing university consortium," said ORAU President and CEO Andy Page. "Membership in ORAU's consortium will help broaden their already diverse opportunities for students and faculty researchers in many critical scientific and technology areas."

ORAU has 98 members in 28 states ranging from Puerto Rico to Idaho and Pennsylvania to California, as well the District of Columbia and London, England. Its members award more than 37 percent of the nation's Ph.D.'s in science and engineering and make up 37 of the top 100 research & development (R&D) universities. ORAU was formed 65 years ago under the auspices of the Oak Ridge Institute for Nuclear Studies and originally consisted of 14 southern schools.

Texas Tech University was founded in 1923 and is located in Lubbock, TX. The school offers more than 100 graduate degrees and 50 doctoral degrees. The school has a total enrollment of more than 30,000. As a public university, Texas Tech is dedicated to student success by preparing learners to be ethical leaders of a diverse and globally competitive workforce.

The University of the District of Columbia is joining the consortium as an associate member. The University of the District of Columbia is located in Washington D.C., and is an urban land-grant institution of higher education. Through its community college, flagship and graduate schools, the university offers affordable post-secondary education to District of Columbia residents at the certificate, baccalaureate and graduate levels.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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