September 6, 2010
Houston Chronicle -- It can't be much fun being a leader of one of the seven Texas public universities chasing funding from the Texas Legislature to achieve higher education's version of nirvana — Tier 1 status.
Currently, Texas has three Tier 1 universities: UT-Austin, Texas A&M and Rice. That's not enough. By comparison, California has nine. In addition to UH, the schools vying for Tier 1 status are the University of Texas campuses in San Antonio, El Paso, Arlington and Dallas; North Texas State University and Texas Tech.