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UT in Houston: Is the Opposition Just a Turf War or Something More?

According to the University of Texas, which has purchased more than 300 acres in southwest Houston, the University of Houston has declined UT’s invitation to be part of a task force to plan how the land may be used. UH officials aren’t happy about UT’s planned expansion into Houston, which UT characterizes as an opportunity […]

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According to the University of Texas, which has purchased more than 300 acres in southwest Houston, the University of Houston has declined UT’s invitation to be part of a task force to plan how the land may be used.

UH officials aren’t happy about UT’s planned expansion into Houston, which UT characterizes as an opportunity to collaborate on an “intellectual hub.” The University of Houston Alumni Association has joined UH administrators in urging a halt to the expansion.

Is this just about turf protection, or is there something more to UH’s opposition? We talk it over with Benjamin Wermund, who covers higher education for the Houston Chronicle.

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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