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LEGISLATIVE INITIATIVES

TOGETHER WE RISE, TOGETHER WE SOAR

Support the University of Houston's Vision of Becoming a
Top 50 Public University

           The state of Texas currently has only two universities ranked in the Top 50 public universities by the US News & World Report, which lags behind California, New York, and Florida and results in many of our own students leaving the state seeking higher educational opportunities in other states.  As a result of its meteoric rise in rankings over the past 15 years the University of Houston is poised to become the state's third Top 50 Public University. But to achieve that lofty goal, the state of Texas must create an endowment of at least $1 Billion to permanently support the University of Houston's Research and Student Success initiatives. During the 86th Legislative Session, beginning January 2023, the state could have as much as $20 Billion in excess revenue, a portion of which could be used to establish this fund and allow the University of Houston to realize its vision.
 
Increase the State's Support for Initiatives that Make a College Education More Affordable
           As the cost of higher education increases across the country, the state of Texas can increase its competitiveness by making the dream of a college education more affordable in the state. In many states, legislatures have all but abandoned the idea of an affordable public university by failing to invest in them. It's not too late for Texas. By increasing appropriations for formula funding, TEXAS Grant, and the new Comprehensive Regional University (CRU) fund, Texas universities can continue to be affordable for working families and relieve stress on universities from having to increase tuition costs. 
 
Support the University of Houston's Academic Health Initiatives
           The University of Houston is currently receiving special line-item funding to support both its recently established Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine and the College of Pharmacy. Each of those state investments are vital to raising the profile of these two colleges. The UH PAC is seeking to maintain that funding in future sessions.