April 17, 2009
Heavy hitters in Texas Higher Education politics met in a cramped committee hearing room deep within the labyrinth of the state Capitol annex Wednesday to discuss the pros and cons of regulating a university’s ability to raise tuition and fees.
Among the lineup were chancellors from the University of Texas, Texas Tech University, University of North Texas and Texas A&M systems, who came to speak against the Legislature’s plans to re-examine its decision to deregulate tuition.
“If you limit us, and we can’t raise tuition rates, you’ve got to provide us with additional funds to stay competitive,” said Ken Hance, Texas Tech chancellor. “Without additional funds, we could start to become a third world state, and no one wants that.”