January 23, 2012
Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes spoke Friday about a vaccine requirement, workforce training, financial aid and other matters in a conference call with news reporters. Here are jottings from this reporter's notebook:
Emerging research universities. "Texas Tech is right at the front of the pack" among schools striving to become tier one research institutions, Paredes said. The commissioner didn't say whether any other emerging institutions were neck and neck with Tech. He emphasized that it's impossible to say when any school might achieve such national status. Paredes has said that it could take 20 to 40 years.