Tier 1 legislation makes amazing progress in Texas Legislature

Texas has seven institutions classified by the Higher Education Coordinating Board as 'emerging research universities.' They include the UT institutions in Arlington, Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio, as well as UNT, Texas Tech and the University of Houston. They all want to be Tier 1, 'first choice' universities for high school graduates, not runners-up to UT-Austin, A&M or Rice.

The people pushing for more top-level research universities in Texas — including the presidents of the University of Texas at Arlington, UT-Dallas and the University of North Texas — have made a lot of headway in Austin since the Legislature convened in January.

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