The ability to build new academic buildings using Tuition Revenue Bonds, widely seen as a done deal by local lawmakers, didn't happen in the regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature. Or in the special session that followed. Or the second one. Or the third.
Last month, Dr. Jones discussed with our audience the fact that while the Texas legislature had failed to pass bills that would allow state universities to construct new academic buildings, there was a chance that the first special session would finalize the deal. It did not.
Congressman Ralph Hall finalized the donation of his personal papers and memorabilia to Texas A&M University-Commerce today in a signing ceremony with President Dan R. Jones at the A&M-Commerce at Rockwall facility.
The legislative clock ran out on the Tuition Revenue Bonds that universities in Texas had been counting on to fund new academic buildings - for the first time since 2006. But then, there are always special sessions.
Commerce, TX – Governor Rick Perry, in his recent State of the State address, recognized Texas A&M University-Commerce and President Dan R. Jones for pioneering efforts to create a Bachelor’s degree costing approximately $10,000—significantly less than most undergraduate degrees.
What can higher education do to have a positive effect on the collegiate success of today's middle school and high school students? What difference does it make for our region? Dr. Dan Jones, president of Texas A&M University-Commerce, helps answer these questions and more on The President's Perpsective.