Bleak days ahead for Texas universities

Mar 30, 2017

University of Houston President Renu Khator, center, and Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan were among those who testified during a May 10 House Higher Education Committee hearing.
Credit Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

When it comes to education budgets, Texas colleges and universities are facing some dark days ahead, reports The Fort Worth Star Telegram.

The state Legislature has proposed deep cuts to higher education funding, and on top of that the Trump administration has suggested slashing Federal contributions, and Texas is considering freezing tuition rates.

Will O’Hara, co-interim director of the Texas Exes alumni group for the University of Texas at Austin, said, “All alumni and business leaders in our state should be up in arms and outraged about these proposals being considered.”

Donald Trump’s White House has suggested slashing 20 percent of funding to the National Institutes of Health and 10 percent cut for the National Science Foundation. Both agencies are huge contributors to Texas education funding.

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has named halting tuition growth a top priority.