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UTB, TSC report progress, concerns during transition period


TSC and UTB submitted progress reports on their split to the state Legislature last week, and there were a few signs that their timelines may not match.

The Legislature last year passed SB 1909 — a bill that addresses the termination partnership between the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College — and it requires semiannual reports on each school’s progress toward independence.

The reports, the first that the two institutions have done separately, reveal the following:

The documents further confirm that UTB plans a reduction in workforce.

TSC asks the Legislature for special consideration in light of concerns about state appropriations based on enrollment figures. The UTB report projects 60 percent of currently enrolled students will attend the university while 40 percent will go to TSC.

The community college’s report states that the accreditation for UTB and TSC exists only under the partnership, interpreted to mean that each school will need to obtain its own accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The UTB report does not specifically discuss its own accreditation.

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