Legislative Panels Approve South Texas University 3/7/13
AUSTIN, Texas - House and Senate lawmakers have given a boost to
creating a new, unified campus for the University of Texas System in the Rio
Grande Valley, including a medical school.
In separate votes Wednesday, the House and Senate higher education
committees approved bills merging Texas-Pan-American in Edinburg and
Texas-Brownsville into a single university. Those bills now to go the full House
and Senate for consideration.
A key element to the plan is the medical school, which could bring hundreds
of doctors to South Texas where they are desperately needed.
Texas system regents have already committed $100 million to the project, but
the merger still needs legislative approval. The university would have a
predicted enrollment of about 28,000.