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Could Tuition Regulation Return to Texas Universities? And Lingering Concerns Over TDECU Stadium Contracts

We talk with Benjamin Wermund, Higher Education Reporter from the Houston Chronicle, about a pair of stories in higher ed. First: we discuss Texas lawmakers’ efforts to weigh a tuition deregulation decision made more than a decade ago. Back in 2003, the Texas Legislature had to make some budget cuts. The effect of those cuts […]

We talk with Benjamin Wermund, Higher Education Reporter from the Houston Chronicle, about a pair of stories in higher ed.

First: we discuss Texas lawmakers’ efforts to weigh a tuition deregulation decision made more than a decade ago. Back in 2003, the Texas Legislature had to make some budget cuts. The effect of those cuts was tuition deregulation for universities, allowing them to set their own fees to offset the lack of funding they'd receive from the state. As a result, tuition fees have been rising ever since for students, and now legislators on both sides of the aisle are looking to change that.

Then: we talk about lingering concerns related to the funding and bidding process for contracts to build TDECU Stadium on the University of Houston campus. Audits have been underway to examine the funding and bidding process that was involved in selecting the contracts for the stadium.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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