The headline is about prospects for a medical school, which always occupies a significant (I dare say occasionally disproportionate) amount of everyone’s attention.
But I’m much more interested in statements like this:
UT System officials also will consider expanding programs in science, technology, engineering and math – the so-called STEM fields that state officials have deemed a high priority – at the Valley's two public universities, UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American.
I’m a little leery of the wussy wording. They’ll “consider” expanding programs? I think I agree with the president of our neighbour university:
Juliet García, UT-Brownsville president, welcomes the attention.
"The chancellor has put us on the radar screen in a very big way before the regents, and we're very pleased with that," she said. ...
She said expanding those programs would require additional state appropriations — hardly a sure thing in a time of tight budgets.
It is nice to hear the encouraging words, but I worry about “unfunded mandates.”