A rundown of ideas, arguments and news being thrown around with higher ed.
The state wants higher and faster graduation rates Currently the state funding system is based on enrollment. Not graduation. That may change. The lottery may also be opened up to summer courses to speed graduation. The kicker with this is there is usually a cost cut for courses taken at or over full time level. This may not be the case for summer school. In the end if the universities don't adjust costs for lottery scholarship students it could end up hurting the number of people eligible to enroll and the viability of the idea.
UT wants about 800 million more dollars for building projects, travel, etc..
UT pulls in a new high of $200 million from increases in science research funding. Although some students I have talked to are not such big fans of all the research. Seems the teachers end up spending all their time doing the research and the students end up being taught by grad students.