The Big Conversation:
A dramatic day in Texas education news marked the rise of one public institution and the demise of another.
At a meeting of the University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday, Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa unveiled plans for a new university in South Texas.
Under the proposal, UT-Brownsville, UT-Pan American and the system's Regional Academic Health Center in Harlingen would be consolidated to form a new university with its own medical school.
The regents unanimously backed the proposal, which included a $100 million allocation over the next 10 years. But the plans must also be ...