March 21, 2010
Texas Push 'Em: Betting Big on Research Universities
Mark C. Greenberg for The Chronicle
Texans, it seems, aren't content with being second in anything. Now the state has set its sights on creating the nation's premier higher-education system.
As esteemed public universities in California and other states have faced major budget cuts, resulting in layoffs, furloughs, and enrollment caps, Texas is setting aside hundreds of millions of new dollars to bolster the research and prestige of its universities.
While higher-education officials in some states struggle to