Both houses of the Texas Legislature approved a measure Wednesday that would merge two existing institutions to create one university in South Texas, and give the region its first medical school, The Monitor reported. The legislation would formalize a plan hatched late last year by the University of Texas System to merge its Pan American and Brownsville campuses, which are about 60 miles apart, to strengthen the delivery of education in the Rio Grande Valley. The legislation would also create a new medical school to try to address a physician shortage in the region.
- UT system merges Brownsville and Pan Am campuses with eye toward new medical school
- South Texas faculty members worry about lack of rights as two universities are combined
- Med schools are a target for universities seeking prestige and new revenues
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