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News Brief: Texas Monthly hosts higher education forum March 26

Updated, March 29, 1:15 p.m.:

Texas Monthly hosted a higher education forum Tuesday on the A&M-San Antonio campus bringing together seven members of the two largest higher education systems Texas — University of Texas and Texas A&M.

While the majority of Tuesday’s panelists forecast that San Antonio’s two public universities — TAMUSA and UTSA — would be the “bellwethers” for the state of Texas’ economic growth, UT Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa balanced Tuesday’s showcase of camaraderie and optimism by emphasising the great economic and educational challenges that lay ahead.

“We are facing a state emergency in the sense of how we are going to help our students,” Cigarroa said.

Look for the full report by Laura de Leon and Jacob Beltran, plus a viewpoint, by the Student Editorial Board, Thursday, April 4 in Issue 6.

Updated, March 21, 11:35 a.m.:

University Communications confirmed the moderator and speakers for the March 26 higher education forum sponsored by The Texas A&M University System, Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Texas Monthly.

Texas Monthly senior executive editor Brian D. Sweany will serve as the moderator of the discussion about the challenges and opportunities facing the state of higher education, particularly as it relates to unprecedented enrollment growth and rising costs, and the value of a college degree in a rapidly changing world.

Speakers include: Texas A&M System Board of Regents Vice Chairman Phil Adams; Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp; University of Texas System Board of Regents Chairman Wm. Eugene Powell; University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa; Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes; Texas A&M-San Antonio President Maria Hernandez Ferrier; and University of Texas at San Antonio Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Frederick.

The 6 p.m. program will be held in the main building on the Texas A&M-San Antonio campus. The program is open to the public, but due to limited seating planners of the program request that individuals RSVP here:

Interested parties are invited to share their thoughts before, during and after the program by tweeting with the hashtag #txhighered, according to a University Communications press release.


Marilu Reyna or Jillian Reddish or  
Phone: (210) 326-0003 or (210) 784-1103

Tuesday, March 26
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Refreshments will follow the program

Texas A&M University-San Antonio
Main Campus
One University Way
San Antonio, TX 78244




Original Story, March 7:

By Lucia Espino

Texas Monthly Magazine will host a discussion titled “Managing the Educational Pipeline in Texas,” at Main Campus Building to discuss and explore a variety of topics affecting Texas education.

The forum will begin 6 p.m. on March 26 in Room 204/207.

Confirmed panelists include Elaine Mendoza, regent of the Texas A&M University System, and Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of the University of Texas System.

An RSVP is recommended as space is limited. For more information, contact Jillian Reddish, communications specialist, at 210-784-1103.


About the Author

Lucia Espino
Lucia Espino
Lucia Espino is the Comunidad Editor for The Mesquite. Her primary role on the news staff is to further the mission of the news site by reporting on the economically underserved communities surrounding campus including City Council District 3 and southern Bexar County. Lucia is a communications major with a minor in business. Bilingual and a native of Mexico, she is a 2013 participant of the Emmy-award winning Proyecto U broadcast collaborative advised by Communications faculty and KWEX 41/Univision San Antonio. She is a 2007 Fox Tech High School graduate and attended San Antonio College where she was a staff reporter for The Ranger. Lucia is currently a paid intern for the Texas A&M's Colonias Program.

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