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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 website on the subject this week.
A short summary of the seven proposals can be found here. 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 joint op-ed in February in which they argued that the two universities should be seen as models of efficiency.

Loftin also wrote a newspaper op-ed 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 with the Texas Tribune.

TAMU System Board of Regents Chair Richard A. Box '61 issued a statement in April regarding his belief in the importance of teaching, research and service.

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