Take a look at what media outlets in Texas and around the country have to say about the debate over higher education in Texas, and what it means for Texas’ future.
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Great isn’t good enough.
This week Gov. Greg Abbott sat down with The Alcalde, the alumni magazine of the Texas Exes, for a wide-ranging interview about the state of higher education in Texas. He discussed innovation, his Governor’s University Research Initiative, the Dell Medical School and the appointment of regents who share his vision of helping UT Austin strive “to be the No. 1 public university in the United States of America.” He also praised recent rankings saying that "those are great numbers" but, he added, "this is Texas and great isn't good enough. We expect to be the best."Continue reading
"You are not going to get a job."
This week the Texas House of Representatives took up the topic of college tuition in what was described as a “kinder and gentler” manner than their Senate colleagues. While Committee members expressed concern over costs, they also cited the affordability of community colleges in Texas and noted that while costs are increasing at four year institutions, they are still relatively low overall. “Our two flagships — A&M and UT-Austin — are frequently listed among the best educational bargains in the country," said Raymund Paredes, chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.Continue reading