Governor's race: A Q and A about higher education

Abilene Reporter-News - The number of bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and certificates awarded increased 5.9 percent from fiscal year 2008 to fiscal year 2009. Both Texas A&M and Texas Tech were ranked No. 2 and No. 18 respectively in the Wall Street Journal’s new education ranking series in which recruiters identified the top 25 undergraduate universities that produce the best graduates according to academic strength, communication and leadership skills based on their hiring experience. Our institutions continue to be successful in their efforts and I trust they will continue to provide a prosperous future for our state.

Is higher education too expensive in Texas? If so, how can the state make higher education more affordable without impacting the quality of education?

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Are the various systems — Texas A&M, UT, Tech, Houston — now too big too manage adequately? Why or why not? Should an appointed board of regents be overseeing that many — sometimes well over a dozen universities and state agencies — institutions? Why or why not?

Perry: The number of bachelor’s and associate’s degrees and certificates awarded increased 5.9 percent from fiscal year 2008 to fiscal year 2009. Both Texas A&M and Texas Tech were ranked No. 2 and No. 18 respectively in the Wall Street Journal’s new education ranking series in which recruiters identified the top 25 undergraduate universities that produce the best graduates according to academic strength, communication and leadership skills based on their hiring experience. Our institutions continue to be successful in their efforts and I trust they will continue to provide a prosperous future for our state.

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