Third-party groups take up challenge of how best to improve public universities

For years, Gov. Rick Perry’s efforts to increase efficiency and productivity at public universities — largely by pressuring university system officials to carry out specific changes proposed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative research group — were mostly conducted out of the public eye, The New York Times reports. Now, after months of controversy, with several third-party organizations across the state cropping up to focus on the issue, along with a new oversight committee created by the Legislature, the various constituents are preparing for a protracted public discussion about how to best address problems like rising tuition and ballooning student debt.

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