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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Veterinarians, Guns & A New University President
The Texas A&M System this week announced a new initiative to expand access to veterinary education in Texas. The expansion, which aims to reach out to more minority and rural students, includes four universities: West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Prairie View A&M University and Tarleton State University. It also includes a new $120 million building at the flagship campus that will enable the school to grow enrollment in the veterinary program. “Texas agriculture feeds and clothes the country,” said Chancellor John Sharp. “We will always need small-animal veterinarians to take care of our pets, but we also need more large-animal veterinarians helping to protect our state’s agricultural economy.”Continue reading
Is the "Top 10 Percent Rule" holding our universities back?
This week former Chairman of the University of Houston Board of Regents, Welcome Wilson Sr., wrote an impassioned op-ed in the Houston Business Journal entitled the ‘UT invasion of Houston.’ Referring to the UT System’s purchase of land in Houston for a planned expansion into the region, Wilson wrote: “Competition is good in business. Competition is bad among Texas state agencies. A university is an agency of Texas. It creates unnecessary duplication and it wastes taxpayers' money.” Chancellor McRaven addressed this issue in front of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board this week offering what has been referred to as a “limited mea culpa” when he said, “Had I not been as new on the job, I probably would have been a little smarter and come in and talked to the chairman and the commissioner.” He did say the project was “years away from completion” which should give leaders time to work together on a collaborative path forward that meets the demand for higher education in Texas.Continue reading