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What Would UT Expansion in Houston Mean for Local Universities?

Earlier this month, the University of Texas announced plans to buy land to build an ‘intellectual hub’ here in Houston. The Houston Chronicle reported that UT Chancellor William McRaven wants the land to create a sort of collaboration and research center to bring new investment into Houston. However, the University of Houston is concerned that […]

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Earlier this month, the University of Texas announced plans to buy land to build an ‘intellectual hub' here in Houston. The Houston Chronicle reported that UT Chancellor William McRaven wants the land to create a sort of collaboration and research center to bring new investment into Houston.

However, the University of Houston is concerned that this plan could potentially take money and staff away from their campus, and the board of regents approved a statement protesting the expansion. Some even see this as a land grab.

We discuss what it all means with South Texas College of Law Professor Matthew Festa.

MORE: University of Texas System Announces Plans To Expand In Houston (News 88.7, Nov. 5, 2015)

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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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