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How Republicans’ threats to tenure and diversity might undercut their own efforts to advance Texas’ universities

Texas lawmakers are poised to create a new multibillion-dollar endowment to boost emerging research universities in national rankings. But faculty members say banning diversity offices and tenure would stymie those efforts.

Nearly 40 protestors with Texas Students for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion join in chants against HB1 Rider No. 186, which would defund DEI initiatives at public universities, at the State Capitol rotunda on Mar. 23, 2023.

Texas’ pursuit for research dominance

Political attacks on higher education

Concerns about faculty recruitment

Grad students take pause

Difficulty getting research grants

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Higher education Politics State government Greg Abbott Texas A&M University-College Station Texas Legislature