Tier-One Prize Money Tentatively Passes House

For those betting on the horse race to be the next state's next public national research — or  tier-one — university, the winners are about to be crowned. Today, the House tentatively passed House Bill 1000 by House Higher Education Chairman Dan Branch, R-Dallas, which creates a mechanism for them to claim their prize money.

Of the seven contenders, designated as "emerging research universities," the two that are expected to pull in first are the University of Houston and Texas Tech University, likely in that order according to the discussion on the House floor. The other schools in the ...

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