University of Texas System officials announced a plan today to merge two South Texas universities into a new institution that would be eligible for funding from the state’s main higher education endowment. The new university, yet to be named, would include a planned medical school in the region.
The proposal, which needs legislative approval, would combine UT-Pan American in Edinburg and UT-Brownsville in the city of that name. Although both campuses would continue to be used for classes and research, the new university would be overseen by a single president. It would immediately become one of the largest Hispanic-serving institutions in the nation.
A key element of the plan is to designate the new school as eligible for funding from the Permanent University Fund, a multibillion-dollar endowment benefiting certain institutions in the UT System and the Texas A&M University System. UT-Pan Am and UT-Brownsville are currently not eligible for such funding.
The new university would encompass an existing regional academic health center in Harlingen, which officials want to expand into a medical school. Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa proposed that the system allocate $100 million over the next 10 years to advance that effort.
I think all governments which support higher education are doing their social part in our society. There are always distant areas which require a college campus. It is good to know that the new UT campus will be in areas which will be available to minority members.
I hope this century a higher education is considered EVERYONES basic right to make our world a better place to live. I understand that without a good education it is easier for those in power to keep both wages and life styles DOWN.