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Crossroads Commission on Education committees target UHV expansion

ERICA RODRIGUEZ

By ERICA RODRIGUEZ
Aug. 31, 2010 at 3:31 a.m.

The Crossroads Commission on Education has developed information which is being used to help the city grow.

The commission was formed in March by state Rep. Geanie Morrison to produce a more highly skilled workforce of students in the Crossroads and to bring about more economic opportunities to the area.

"Our objective is for our state representative to go to the next legislative session to get laws passed that allow us to grow," said Bill Blanchard CEO of DeTar Hospital and committee co-chair.

The group was divided into four committees, which were focused on the economic impact of UHV developing into a four-year school, the region's educational culture, curriculum development and how to develop an infrastructure to support a destination university in Victoria.

A driving force of the committee is the Texas Closing the Gaps initiative that includes enrolling 650,000 more students in higher education in the state and increasing enrollment of underrepresented groups like Hispanics and blacks by 2015.

Blanchard said the work of the commission is timely to do just that.

"We seem to be in the right place at the right time to have an impact on the state of Texas' efforts," he said. "We're becoming a destination for education."

The commission also recommended UHV expand its campus on at least 100 acres near Loop 463 near the airport.

The University of Houston System Board of Regents supports the commission's request for about $68 million in funding to expand the campus but on the property where it's now located.

The commission hopes to hold a series of town hall meetings to get public input about the findings of all its sub-groups in September.

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