A&M chancellor has parting words on reform

In his last week on the job as chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, Mike McKinney said he disagrees with some ideas being floated to give higher education in Texas a dramatic makeover, particularly one to drastically lower tuition while increasing enrollment, reports the Houston Chronicle.

“You shouldn’t even think about doing that at Texas A&M University,” McKinney said. “You change the whole nature of the campus if you get larger. It dilutes the expertise of the faculty and it dilutes the Aggie spirit, if that is possible.”

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Group opposes suggested higher ed reforms

A group of more than 200 powerful philanthropists, business leaders and other stakeholders have formed a coalition to push back against dramatic changes sought for Texas colleges and universities by Gov. Rick Perry and a group of university regents, reports the Houston Chronicle. Called the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education, members’ names grace buildings on campuses across the state and include former university regents, chancellors and presidents…

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