FROM THE COALITION
Business leaders, philanthropists, engaged students, interested alumni and everyday citizens have weighed in on this debate. Take a look at some of the letters and opinion editorials that these passionate advocates for high-quality higher education have to say about this issue.
Coalition Applauds UT System Board of Regents; Commends Choice of Mcraven or UT System Chancellor
Coalition Responds to Historic Vote to Admonish and Censure Regent Hall
Coalition Applauds Chancellor Pick, Calls McRaven a 'Proven Leader with a Strong Backbone'
Coalition Applauds Thoughtful, Responsible and Orderly Transition of Leadership
Letter: In Support of Bill Powers - 2005-15 UT Austin Student Government Leadership
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Texas A&M plans to save $130 million through recommended changesAn administrative review of Texas A&M University conducted by the school's Leadership Steering Committee and carried out by a London-headquartered firm has identified more than $130 million in total funds available to be reallocated back into the university between 2015 and 2019. According to the LSC report, the savings will free up more than $13 million in annual recurring funds and almost $3.5 million in one-time funds for reinvestment into the university's main campus, Health Science Center and Galveston campus.Interim President Mark A. Hussey appointed the six-person leadership committee, chaired by Associate Provost for Strategic Planning Jose Luis Bermudez, in May to evaluate the comprehensive review commissioned by Chancellor John Sharp and carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Hussey stated in an email to A&M faculty and staff Wednesday that he accepted all recommendations made by the committee and will begin implementing them in the coming weeks.Continue reading
UT-Austin will admit larger ratio of top studentsBeginning in fall 2016, the University of Texas at Austin will automatically admit applicants in the top 8 percent of their graduating classes. For the past two years, those in the top 7 percent have been guaranteed admission. UT-Austin President Bill Powers confirmed the 8 percent automatic admission in a Sept. 9 letter to Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams and various lawmakers.Of the 12,379 high school admits into the 2014 freshman class, 8,979 were automatically admitted, according to estimates UT-Austin released to the Houston Chronicle. University staff could not estimate how many additional top students would be admitted in 2016. “We do anticipate a larger number of auto-admits when that change goes into effect in 2016, though there is no specific estimate,” said UT-Austin Director of Media Outreach J.B. Bird.Continue reading