The Governor’s University Research Initiative

Today, on the occasion of Governor Abbott’s announcement re: The Governor’s University Research Initiative, the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education issued the following statement:

“The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education applauds Governor Abbott’s commitment to higher education research. The Governor's University Research Initiative is an important tool for universities to attract and retain talented faculty who will draw research dollars to our state. As evidenced by last week’s announcement that four new Texas institutions were added to the prestigious list of Carnegie ‘Tier One’ institutions, Texas is a research state on the rise and we must ensure our institutions have the necessary resources to continue this ascent. Research contributes to our economy, sparks new discoveries and innovations that enrich our lives, and helps ensure a deeper, more meaningful educational experience for Texas students. When Texas research institutions win, all Texans win.”

February 10, 2016

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Catching California

New Carnegie Foundation “Tier One” designations for four Texas schools dominated state higher ed news this week. The prestigious designation of "R-1: Doctoral Universities-Highest Research Activity" is based primarily on a school’s research and development expenditures and doctoral activity, is afforded to only 115 schools nationwide and until this year Texas had just four – Texas A&M, UT Austin, Rice and U of H. That number doubled when Texas Tech University, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas were added to the roster this week.

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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.”

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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.

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A Ticking Clock

Researchers from Texas A&M are leveraging federal research dollars from the National Science Foundation to “develop a method of cancer detection that identifies the mechanical properties of cancer cells.” This is expected to decrease time between cancer detection and treatment, which could help buy more time for patients, lower costs and decrease the negative impact current treatments such as “hours of surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation” can have on health tissue and cells.

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  • The Governor’s University Research Initiative

    Today, on the occasion of Governor Abbott’s announcement re: The Governor’s University Research Initiative, the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education issued the following statement:

    “The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education applauds Governor Abbott’s commitment to higher education research. The Governor's University Research Initiative is an important tool for universities to attract and retain talented faculty who will draw research dollars to our state. As evidenced by last week’s announcement that four new Texas institutions were added to the prestigious list of Carnegie ‘Tier One’ institutions, Texas is a research state on the rise and we must ensure our institutions have the necessary resources to continue this ascent. Research contributes to our economy, sparks new discoveries and innovations that enrich our lives, and helps ensure a deeper, more meaningful educational experience for Texas students. When Texas research institutions win, all Texans win.”

    February 10, 2016

    Continue reading
  • Catching California

    New Carnegie Foundation “Tier One” designations for four Texas schools dominated state higher ed news this week. The prestigious designation of "R-1: Doctoral Universities-Highest Research Activity" is based primarily on a school’s research and development expenditures and doctoral activity, is afforded to only 115 schools nationwide and until this year Texas had just four – Texas A&M, UT Austin, Rice and U of H. That number doubled when Texas Tech University, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Texas at Dallas were added to the roster this week.

    Continue reading

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