Plan for Rio Grande Valley University Praised at Hearing

The first House Higher Education Committee hearing on a bill to create a new University of Texas System school in the Rio Grande Valley was marked by broad support for the measure from legislators and academic officials Wednesday.

House Bill 1000, authored by state Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, would allow the UT System to combine the resources of the University of Texas at Brownsville, the University of Texas-Pan American and a regional academic health center in Harlingen to create a new regional university in the Rio Grande Valley.

The new institution, which would include a medical school, would ...

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