Texas Tech's race to become a Texas flagship school gets tougher - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/8/09

Texas Tech's race to become a Texas flagship school gets tougher

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LUBBOCK, TX - (KCBD) As if finding millions of dollars per year wasn't challenge enough, another obstacle stands in the way of Texas Tech University's journey to become the third Texas flagship school.

Right now Texas has two flagship universities, UT at Austin, and Texas A&M at College Station. Seven schools are vying for the coveted spot of third flagship.

They are: Texas Tech University, University of Houston, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at El Paso and University of Texas at San Antonio.

Texas Tech Chancellor Kent Hance says the legislature cannot just choose one or two of the seven schools. He tells the Dallas Morning News this weekend that the schools would revolt, "If you name two and put them in the boat, the other five will be trying to turn the boat over and drown those two."

It would take an estimated $70 million per year additional spending to lift even one school to flagship status.

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