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However Texas A & M is a great University and nothing to be forgotten.
The proported legislation in favor of bringing A & M to UH-Victoria has nothing to do with education execellence. I you wanted education execellence you would bring in The University Of Texas-Austin,or Rice the top rated universities in the nation as compared to all other colleges in Texas. To bad this is driven by "Student Sports Loyalty" instead of education as a priority, especially Engineering.From a East Coast Citizen and Student, retired.
People need to step back and realize this is going to be Texas A&M-VICTORIA! Some of you act like A&M-Vic is going to have everything that A&M College Station has or that your degree will somehow be worth more just because it has A&M next to it. UHV(or A&M-Vic) will still be the same status it is now. Nothing is going to change except the name. The only thing is that it may help by having kids recognize the "A&M" name, but the University is still located in VICTORIA where there is absolutely nothing to do. Try selling that to HS kids entering college.
I went to UTSA, but you don't see me trying to claim UT-Austin status! They are 2 totally different Universities. Sure it's in the UT System, but they are not the same. UTSA opened in 1969 way out north of SA when there was nothing out there (kinda like the Victoria airport idea). Locals called it UT-Boerne as a joke because it wasn't close to the city. Now, it's right smack in the middle of all the growth on the NW side of SA in a perfect location IMO. UTSA is finally getting football after 40 years of existence and I think that will help in attracting students to UTSA. Kids want the real college experience and I'm glad that UTSA is getting there. UHV has a long way to go. UHV is still a commuter school.
I agree with whomever said to build the new university near the mall. You have to be where there are things to do and where the city is growing. The airport would be death. There is nothing out there and Victoria is not growing at the rate SA has grown.
Victoria needs to work on a better college life for these kids IMO.
Having received my undergraduate degree at one of the Tx A&M System schools - TAMU Galveston - and seeing, firsthand, how the downward expansion and system investments have paid off for TAMU-CC, I think the transfer of UHV to the Tx A&M System holds tremendous opportunities for the Victoria area. I appreciate that Representative Morrison, after listening carefully to our community's concerns about the UH System's reaction to our "expectations" of growing our local university into a true regional institution, filed the bill that will help us realize our ambitions. My appreciation also extends to all of the other community leaders who helped make this possible.
The current location of UHV is land-bound and is already having a parking problem with no land available to increase parking. This fact, along with the inability of UHV to grow at the current site had to have been well known to the UH Regents when they rejected the offer of a free 100 acre parcel. Given that response and attitude, it seems that UHV has to move to another system or stagnate in place.
Whatever happens, I want it to happen ethically and legally.
They have more existing programs....thousands of private donors...some of the best faculty in the country. UH has some of that, but nothing to the extent A&M has. Plus lets look at system success. UH has Clear Lake, Downtown, Victoria. A&M has developed and/or maintains much more successful universities. Kingsville, Corpus, West Texas A&M just to name a few.
I did....it is a STATE FUNDED SCHOOL.....they have what they have thanks to State support...again....NOW is not the time for this stupidity.
victorianbybirth.....yes more resources. It is much larger with a larger system and a more successful system. A&M has a lot of large universities with a lot of programs and professors to draw upon. Think about it.
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A&M has more resources and a tradition and history of growing universities. My thought is 5 thums up! And SugarMagnolia....you may need to get your diploma before masters if you think A&M is lesser than UH! UH has been declining in the rankings for the past decade.
The reassignment of Tim Hudson and lack of serious long-range planning seem to indicate that the UH Regents have their priorities elsewhere. Perhaps that's as it should be.
As the UH System focuses on obtaining "tier one" status at home, I hope that the regents will not fight this community's realignment with a TAMU system that appears eager and ready to make Victoria the site of a new "destination university."
@sugar magnolia. A&M as a lesser university? You've GOT to be kidding.
Not only NO, but......
Well, you get the idea.
Guess I will have to go to Houston to complete my masters. There won't be UH here for me. And I'll be danged if I step foot into a lesser University.
With the industry within 50 miles of Victoria we NEED a stronger core of courses - especially engineering.