Dan Branch: Tier One universities are key to Texas' future

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has identified seven emerging research institutions with potential to become nationally competitive research universities: UT-Arlington, UT-Dallas, UT-El Paso and UT-San Antonio, University of Houston, University of North Texas and Texas Tech.

Written by: Jessica Behnham

With more than 24 million Texans and only three national Tier One academic research universities – UT-Austin, Texas A&M and Rice – it's no wonder that our top schools have more outstanding applicants than they can admit.

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