Tech deals with cost, time concerns for state-mandated website changes

Texas Tech is preparing for an overhaul of its website to comply with a new state law that legislators hope will make the state’s higher education system more transparent, but some Tech faculty members don’t share lawmakers’ enthusiasm.

The measure requiring state universities to provide prospective students with more online information about courses and instructors has also frustrated some of the state’s cash-strapped university administrators struggling to pay for the online tweaks ahead of this fall’s deadline.

Tech Provost Bob Smith said the changes could cost the university more than $100,000, not including the price tag on professors’ time — the source of much of their ire.

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