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Legislative Priorities

Legislative Priorities

State Relations

The office for State Relations is located in College Station and serves as the university’s liaison with members and staff of the Texas Legislature, Executive branch offices, and other entities. The office is part of the A&M System Government Relations (GR) Team, a coordinating body of A&M System government relation officers that work in unison to advance System goals.  This office provides analysis on legislative policy matters that can broadly impact the university community and strives to improve the position of Texas A&M University regarding higher education issues. The Office for State Relations works in unison with other units throughout campus to develop and coordinate the potential effects of pending legislation and implement legislative guidance. For more information on the Office of State Relations, please visit, https://governmentrelations.tamu.edu/

The office for State Relations is led by Mr. Michael O'Quinn ’86 who serves as Texas A&M’s liaison with elected state officials, the A&M System, and GR colleagues at other Texas universities. Dr. Stanton Calvert is Special Advisor to the Vice President for Government Relations and serves as Vice Chancellor Emeritus. Dr. Calvert's office is located in Austin, TX . 

State Priorities

Restoration of Any Proposed Cuts to Budget
A 4% budget reduction would have significant negative consequences at Texas A&M University. The university already exectures the state’s lowest administrative cost ratio of 3.6% of all public four-year institutions. In addition, recent responses to an external report on administrative and staffing efficiencies have resulted in Texas A&M’s decision to reinvest the savings by eliminating a number of staff positions and reinvesting those recovered funds into its core academic missions. Finally, initiatives taken in response to the 2012-2013 statewide reductions remain in place as universities have not fully recovered from these previous budget cuts. Essentially, further cuts to these areas, while potentially viewed as further enhancing efficiency, will begin to have a significant negative impact on effectiveness.

Maintain Current Formula Funding Rates (Base Funding) to Cover Statewide Enrollment Growth
Formula funding is the foundation that public four-year institutions in Texas depend upon to provide high quality teaching and support services for growing student populations, and to prepare them to meet the workforce needs of this state. The teaching function of these institutions is supported by two key sources of funding: state appropriations (primarily through the formulas) and students’ tuition and fees.

Maintain Current Rates for Texas Research University Fund (TRUF)
The purpose of the Texas Research University Fund (TRUF) is to strengthen the competitiveness and performance of Texas’ two statutorily classified Research Institutions - Texas A&M and UT-Austin. These universities are in healthy competition with one another, but more importantly in competition with other nationally ranked universities. The proven way to compete is to be able to successfully recruit and retain the highest-performing faculty and students. The Texas Constitution charges these two institutions with the responsibility to serve their students and the state’s citizens with the highest level of teaching and research. The TRUF helps Texas A&M and UT-Austin to fulfill this charge. Both universities jointly and respectfully request that the Texas Research University Fund continue to be funded at the current formula ratio.

Veterinary Medicine Partnerships
Texas A&M recognizes that there is competition for state resources and that there are many competing priorities. However, there is a statewide need regarding veterinary medicine. The THECB has recommended the state produce more veterinarians, especially in rural/large animal and in underrepresented minority populations.This partnership between the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVM) and four A&M System universities is an innovative, cost-effective way to meet these goals without creating a new veterinary school. Working with West Texas A&M, Prairie View A&M, Texas A&M-Kingsville and Tarleton State universities, this partnership will work to “grow” well-formed undergraduates for veterinary school. Placing CVM faculty members on-site at A&M System schools will increase the likelihood of developing rural/large animal or minority veterinary students. By directly linking CVM faculty and A&M System schools, this statewide reach will be the most innovative and cost-effective veterinary outreach and student development program in the nation. This initiative is possible because of the veterinary school class size expansion, made possible through a new $120 million teaching facility financed through the Permanent University Fund (PUF).

Federal Relations

The goal of Texas A&M’s office for Federal Relations is to elevate the national profile of Texas A&M University, its faculty, researchers, and students. To accomplish this, the office  works closely with The Texas A&M University System Office of Federal Relations, located in Washington D.C. The System office is currently led by Mr. Scott Sudduth and he and his staff serve as the conduit to Congressional Members, staff, and high-level federal agency personnel. 

The Office of Federal Relations maintains excellent relationships with the 38 member (36 House members + 2 Senators) Texas Congressional delegation to raise awareness of Texas A&M's vast and diverse university system. As part of this effort, they accompany Members and staff during campus visits, and help arrange Texas A&M faculty, administrator, and student visits in Washington. The office maintains a current understanding of federal research priorities, and works to ensure that Texas A&M is a part of solving national-level issues by monitoring federal legislation regarding national higher education and research.

Finally, the Office of Federal Relations work closely with national-level higher education associations such as the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to address issues that affect the higher education community more broadly. For information on the Texas A&M University System, Washington, D.C. office, please visit www.tamus.edu/relations/federal-relations.

Address

505 George Bush Drive
College Station, TX 77840

Phone Number

(979) 845-7514

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