Texas U System strategizes on how to keep research schools strong

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You don’t hear much about CEOs wanting to run their companies like a university, but you hear plenty of talk about running higher education more like a business.

That was among the themes at Tuesday’s conference focused on research universities at UT Southwestern Medical Center and organized by the University of Texas System. College leaders from around Texas, along with executives and politicians, talked about ways to keep America’s research universities strong in the face of fewer state and federal dollars and competition from abroad.

Chad Holliday, chairman of the board for Bank of America, said cutbacks in government funding have put stress on universities that do research.

“These universities must be efficient, and there’s a lot of self-help you can do,” said Holliday, who headed a group that produced a report for the National Research Council.

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