Editorial: Texas needs to grow more research schools

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

A handful of state senators heard an earful yesterday from Texas college executives about why the state needs more national research universities. Commonly called Tier One schools, these campuses with large research portfolios receive a significant share of money from out of state to do their work. In turn, that money attracts the investment capital that grows their states' economies.

All members of the Legislature should remember that point when they get down to business next year. Investments in research now will yield enormous dividends for the state later. As Bill Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin...