“We’re very pleased that Governor Perry is focusing on issues of critical importance to the future of higher education in our state and to The University of Texas System. Like the governor, the UT System Board of Regents and I are committed to improving student access and success and increasing productivity and efficiency throughout our system. These are strong areas of focus that are addressed in our Framework for Advancing Excellence and we are actively working on those initiatives. Already, two UT institutions – UT Dallas and UT El Paso – allow students to lock in tuition rates for four years. Soon all UT institutions will offer students and parents a financial disclosure statement that shows them how much their college education will cost them over four, five or six years and what they can save by graduating on time.
“We are working diligently at the UT System to implement the Framework and transform higher education in Texas as well as serving as a leader for innovation around the country. Our goal is to improve student success and enhance excellence across our mission in higher education and at the same time make college more affordable. Every student in Texas who has the ambition and drive to pursue higher education should have the chance to do so.”