University of Texas at Austin President William Powers Jr. to Deliver Speech on May 9
Powers to address research, Efficiency
UT President William Powers Jr. will speak Monday about research, teaching effectiveness, curriculum reform and budget matters that are part of an ongoing debate about the direction of the university.
“The address will provide an update on these and other issues and provide an opportunity for the president to share his vision for the future of the University of Texas at Austin,” the school said Thursday in a news release. “These issues affect the recommendations of the Commission of 125, whose initiatives have been funded by the university’s development efforts, and budget and curriculum questions that involve faculty and students.”
The Commission of 125 was a blue-ribbon panel whose recommendations in 2004 included trimming enrollment to about 48,000 to improve the quality of the educational experience. Enrollment has been running at more than 51,000, and a recent draft memorandum from the chairman of the university’s governing board suggested an expansion that would result in more than 69,000 students by 2017. The chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, Gene Powell, also floated the idea of reducing tuition systemwide in the range of 50 percent.
Powers will be speaking to members of the Commission of 125, the Development Board, the Advisory Council, the Faculty Council, student leadership groups and the Staff Council Executive Committee.
The UT System Board of Regents is scheduled to meet Wednesday and Thursday at its offices in downtown Austin.