Tier-1 money among 11 items on Texas fall ballot

Voters will decide this fall whether seven schools, including UTEP, could eventually have access to $425 million to boost them to elite status.

The measure will be the fourth of 11 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution on the November ballot. Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade on Tuesday randomly picked the order in which the measures will appear.

The funding proposal is part of a $680 million package state lawmakers approved this year to create more so-called tier-one universities in Texas. Now, there are only three such research schools in the state: the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and Rice University.

Typically, tier-one schools are considered to be those that receive at least $100 million in research grants annually and have selective admissions, low student-faculty ratios and competitive salaries.

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