22 Distinguished Alumni Oppose Higher Ed Proposals
Scot Walker '90
May 4, 2011 1:37 PM
A group of 22 Distinguished Alumni of Texas A&M University have signed an open letter
to the A&M community,
opposing the "Seven Breakthrough Solutions" proposed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation to reform higher education in Texas.
The former students have also set up a website called the
Alliance for Texas A&M University
. The site includes dozens of links to news articles and opinion pieces about the proposals.
The seven proposals, which are backed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry '72, were written by Jeff Sandefer, who also unveiled a new
on the subject this week.
A short summary of the seven proposals can be found
. A more detailed presentation of the proposals can be found in this document
from the TPPF (warning: large pdf file).
A&M President R. Bowen Loftin '71 and University of Texas President William Powers, Jr. wrote a
in February in which they argued that the two universities should be seen as models of efficiency.
Loftin also wrote a newspaper
piece in April in which he said that research and teaching go hand in hand.
The two presidents also recently discussed their reactions to the reform proposals in a video interview
TAMU System Board of Regents Chair Richard A. Box '61 issued a
in April regarding his belief in the importance of teaching, research and service.