The future of Texas depends on higher education. That was the message the state’s former demographer delivered to more than 400 attendees Thursday during a summit at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi focused on a growing Hispanic population, the Corpus Christi Caller reports. Steve Murdock, a sociology professor at Rice University, said a college degree can help students compete for jobs and be prepared for the workforce.

“How well they do is how well Texas and the United States of America will do,” he said. And there could be detrimental socioeconomic and demographic effects, he said, if nothing is done to address the tie between the elements…

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