Perry signs bill to boost 'tier one' universities

Sitting outside a lab filled with stainless steel instruments and winding cables, Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday signed into law a bill that creates an incentive program to award seven Texas universities millions of dollars in an effort to help them become top U.S. research institutions.

Perry signed the bill in the natural science and engineering building at the University of Texas at Dallas, one of the campuses that would benefit from the legislation. The other schools that would receive matching funds from the state for grants, scholarships and endowment are: Texas Tech University, the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, UT-Arlington, UT-San Antonio and UT-El Paso.

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