Groups Positioning For Prolonged Higher Ed Debate

For years, Gov. Rick Perry’s efforts to boost efficiency and productivity at public universities — largely by pressuring university system officials to implement a set of specific changes proposed by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative research group — were mostly conducted out of the public eye.

 Now, following months of controversy, with multiple third-party organizations across the state cropping up to focus on the issue, along with a new Legislature-created oversight committee, the various constituents are preparing for a protracted public discussion about how to best address problems such as rising tuition and ballooning student debt.

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