Victoria should start its own 4-year university
Editor, the Advocate:
I have been very interested in the University of Houston situation with Victoria interests. I'm wondering if our town could become a four-year university on its own. We already have a great two-year college and surely could accomplish making it into a four-year college.
We have great leadership in Victoria, and a four-year Crossroads college would be a plus for our area.
I lived in two other smaller towns that were able to accomplish their educational goals. One, a town of about 10,000 people, extended their four-year teachers' college into the University of Southern Illinois. And this was accomplished by first acquiring more land. To do this, they annexed two blocks on the east, west and north of the teachers' college. People were paid high prices for their land if they didn't prolong their decisions. This enabled them to buy larger and better homes if so desired. The town and area as a result prospered. It rivaled the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. Victoria, I'm sure, could accomplish becoming a four-year Crossroads university and stand alone as a destination school.
Jane Deaton, Victoria