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Looks like it's getting ugly behind the scenes right now between some of the regents and Powers.
Thanks for posting. F that aggy
What Perry is orchestrating is sickening. With these next few appointments, Perry probably has enough votes to oust Powers. Which would be a tremendous mistake. Not sure which side Hildebrand, the brand new appointee is on, but tea leaves point to Perry. At some point I would think that Powers gets tired if this whole ordeal and steps down. I know that's what Perry would like. Really hope Bill stays in this and continues to do what's right for UT, not Perry's agenda.
I have a good friend who works for Hildebrand and based on his comments, Hildebrand is of high character and will be no-ones puppet. I hope that is correct.
InsideTexas.com free article claiming Perry trying to do in The University of Texas.
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I take everything in the humidor with a grain of salt, but I choose to believe this and it scares me.
I agree. I don't trust aggy Perry one bit.
This post was edited by zquippy 14 months ago
Mods, any insight on the IT report?
Never trust, believe or vote for an aggy.
FWIW, concerns over the amount of influence being exerted by the Governor on institutions of higher education by his BOR appointments are not limited to Texas. A&M, Tech, and other public institutions have (or have had) similar concerns, just not as high profile as Texas. So, the sense that the Governor is "out to get Texas and/or Powers" is not totally accurate IMO.
This post was edited by Danno2 14 months ago
This article is petty idiocy at its finest. Most Longhorns would be in Perry's court if they understood anything about what this is all about.
Just about the only thing people understand is that Perry is an Aggie so therefore whatever he wants must be bad. Wrong.
Short version - UT wants to be Harvard (on the back of the taxpayer), and Perry wants UT to be UT.
There you go right there. That's about as far as most people even understand WTH is going on.
Wrong again. The aggies are as much against the moves Perry and his cronies are proposing as we are. And UT is largely funded from sources outside of the state general fund.
Perry doesn't want UT to be UT, Perry wants UT to be UTSA or Texas State. There are plenty of state institutions that he can turn into diploma mills, there is no reason to mess with the reputation of a highly rated state research institution.
Just living in the state of Texas doesn't get you into UT (or A&M), there are plenty of schools for you to go to. But the cream of the crop can still get an affordable, quality education without having to leave the state or break the bank. Perry proposes to make all degrees equal and in doing so devalues all of our degrees.
that's the slingblade version. in 2003, perry and craddick (a total A-hole in his own right), together with UT and A&M's backing, pushed through tuition deregulation. this was paired with an accelerated reduction in state funds to support the schools. dereg was intended to allow the market to dictate what the schools could charge, in part, in an effort to rein in the ballooning of enrollments at UT and A&M (due to the asinine top 10% rule), and in part to allow the schools to bolster their finances (to stay competitive with other like institutions) in the face of less state funded support.
the idea at the time was to encourage kids to satellite campuses and build the UT and A&M systems...similar to the UC system, in that UC has multiple top-tier schools.
now, midstream into the implementation of that plan, perry is politically engineering the boards of both UT and A&M to force-feed the findings of his cronies at the public policy foundation, and to appeal to populism (ie, stupid people think cheap/cheapened degrees from UT/A&M are a good idea). he is undermining both schools to force this $10k degree on them (as if a college degree from UT/A&M is a right and not a privilege), but is unwilling to restore lost funding. thus, this push is tantamount to an unfounded mandate and the schools will be forced to reduce spending on research (and lucrative contracts for the best and brightest profs), and with the inevitable loss of status, the schools will be vulnerable to lose the top profs they now have.
i'm among the most conservative people some of you would probably ever meet, but i absolutely loathe perry and i hate what he is doing here. the scary thing is that the man has not an original thought in his well-coiffed dome. he's a policy parrot who merely says what he is told to say. somewhere, there are rich guys in suits standing to profit from his actions, and perry is only too happy to play the role.
btw, Texas doesn't want to be harvard. it wants to be UVA/Michigan/Berkeley/UNC, and there's no reason why a state with our resources should not have the best public universities in the country. a rising tide raises all boats...it will result in the satellites being stronger and more viable options for college-aspiring folks in the future.
This post was edited by mcwast 14 months ago
And the most ironic point of this whole episode is that supposedly ultra conservative Rick Perry is trying to stymie the very free market the 2003 deregulation created.
No, Perry wants UT (and aTm, this is not a vendetta against UT) to be the University of Phoenix or, best case scenario, Arizona State. That is not UT or aTm's job. That is Sam Houston State's job. You need to get a clue.
Hard to say it better than mcwast did. I've been a member of the UTAdvocacy group for the past 5-6 years and have gotten to see people like Powers, Judith Zaffirini, Ron Kirk, Kirk Watson, and others work up close. The school many of us attended has improved so many ways since we were there and it all happened DESPITE Rick Perry, not because of him. UT will go as far as they can drag him.
Here is contact info for Perry and Dewhurst. Registering your feelings with either/both of them is as easy as making a post here.
Governor's office: (512) 463-2000
Dewhurst phone: 512 463-0001
Dewhurst email: http://www.ltgov.state.tx.us/contact.php
Texas Constitution, article 7, section 10
Sec. 10. ESTABLISHMENT OF UNIVERSITY; AGRICULTURAL AND MECHANICAL DEPARTMENT. The legislature shall as soon as practicable establish, organize and provide for the maintenance, support and direction of a University of the first class, to be located by a vote of the people of this State, and styled, "The University of Texas," for the promotion of literature, and the arts and sciences, including an Agricultural, and Mechanical department.
UT wants to do what it was created and mandated to do; be "a University of the first class"
And Perry wants it to be a university of the first grade.
Not saying Perry is correct because I believe you should have some elite universities in the state but they do need to find a way to lower tuition at the other colleges in Texas (UTA, Sam Houston, etc). A lot of people are predicting that the next economic meltdown will have to do with graduates not being able to pay back their student loans.
Great post. Couldn't have articulated it better if I'd spent half the day writing.
This is a national problem, not a Texas one.
Turning Texas into a diploma mill will not cure the nation's debt situation. It will, however, turn our school into a second rate institution of learning.
The solution isn't to make college super-cheap, its to stop with the idiocy of convincing every kid they have to go to college no matter what.
Some people need to go to trade schools, and some just need to join the workforce.
Lots of good jobs that don't or shouldn't require a college degree.
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