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New Web Resource Offers Updates on UT Brownsville Transition

AUSTIN – The University of Texas System today (March 8) announced a new web resource that will provide regular updates on the transition of The University of Texas at Brownsville to a free-standing, four-year institution.

The microsite, which will be maintained by the UT System, will provide timely information on developments at UT Brownsville as well as background materials and a section designed to answer common questions about the university’s separation from Texas Southmost College.

In November 2010, the UT System Board of Regents voted to dissolve the 20-year partnership between the two institutions, citing a need to better serve students in the lower Rio Grande Valley. UT Brownsville currently is redesigning an infrastructure to meet governance, administrative, faculty and programmatic needs. Students will begin enrolling to the institutions separately for the 2013-14 academic year.

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