Tech needs more faculty for funding

New incentives for growing Texas research universities proved "wildly successful," but ambitious schools need big gains in research faculty to help convince legislators to keep up the investment in two years, a key author of the incentives said Thursday.

State Rep. Dan Branch, D-Dallas, said tight budgets and no more stimulus money could make some of the millions of dollars secured for emerging research universities like Texas Tech a tougher sell in 2011.

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