The University of Texas opened its doors to students 130 years ago this month. On Wednesday, its 28th president, Bill Powers, described the university as “mainly” strong as it works to establish a medical school, raise graduation rates, boost philanthropic donations and find the right mix of traditional classes and online offerings.
But Powers warned in his annual state of the university address that cuts in state funding, coupled with essentially flat tuition, are making it increasingly difficult for UT to compete with other major research universities for faculty members. And no long-term priority is higher than recruiting and retaining top-flight faculty, he said.
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