Students, Recent Graduates Defend Flagships

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Friday, October 14, 2011

A group of students and recent graduates of Texas universities today announced the formation of the Young Texans for Excellence in Higher Education, an organization dedicated to the dual mission of teaching and research.

The Young Texans is a subgroup of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education, which was established earlier this year by civic leaders, business executives, philanthropists and higher education officials. The coalition has defended the University of Texas and Texas A&M University against critics who contend that good teaching is underemphasized, that too many faculty members are unproductive and that much university-based research lacks value.

The Young Texans group said the state needs to nurture its two public flagships and invest in elevating other universities so they can also become major research institutions.

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