Powers Wants Consistent State Funding for UT
UT-Austin’s president is calling for more consistent state funding for higher education. President Bill Powers delivered his annual State of the University address to faculty, staff and students Thursday.
Powers did not mention this summer’s rumors that UT System regents were trying to remove him as the school’s leader. But he did talk about Gov. Rick Perry’s recent call to let freshmen lock in tuition for four years.
“I’m heartened by this, that it’s become part of the statewide conversation,” Powers said. “But of course predictability and planning are also important for our campus. And so the state should also show its commitment by providing predictable revenue streams for the same four years. Predictability aides planning, and planning promotes efficiency.”
Powers also talked about the continuing push to make all state colleges and universities more efficient, saying UT is already spending its money more efficiently than its peer schools.