Maintaining Excellence and Efficiency

Public higher education in Texas will face radical change if a series of proposals now being discussed are adopted.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) think tank and some state leaders are advocating a business-style, market-driven approach under which colleges and universities would treat students as customers, de-emphasize research that isn't immediately lucrative, and evaluate individual faculty by the tuition revenue they generate. Advocates of these proposals see them as a necessary response to the rising cost of higher education, a cure for a system they suggest is inefficient and inaccessible.

We disagree. We do not believe this is the right response to the problems now facing higher education or one that recognizes The University of Texas at Austin's proven levels of efficiency and excellence in educating Texas students.

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Maintaining Excellence and Efficiency at The University of Texas at Austin

A response to the seven "breakthrough solutions" and other proposals

Dean Randy L. Diehl and the Executive Leadership Team, College of Liberal Arts