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Two state representatives meet at UNT, TWU to discuss higher education needs, opportunities

3/13/08


DENTON – State Rep. Myra Crownover and State Rep. Warren Chisum, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, met with officials from the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University on Wednesday (March 12) to discuss the opportunities and needs of higher education in Texas.

Crownover and Chisum visited with UNT System Chancellor Lee Jackson and other university officials at UNT’s Gateway Center and toured the UNT campus. Later in the day, the representatives met with TWU Chancellor Ann Stuart and other TWU officials and talked with students.

“The legislature faces a daunting challenge each session in allocating the resources of the state to best meet its immediate needs and those of the future,” Jackson said. “As a state leader in enrollment growth and degrees awarded, we are grateful to have a chance to demonstrate how we have used the assets entrusted to us in the past and discuss how bright we believe the future can be.”

“Our two universities have positioned themselves as great places to serve the Metroplex and the state of Texas,” said Crownover, who represents District 64, including UNT and TWU. “I asked Chairman Chisum to visit Denton to ensure he, as an important leader of the state of Texas, knew the story of UNT and TWU. Fabulous opportunities are ahead, and we are excited to be a part of it.”

Chisum added: “UNT and TWU have grown in student population — and continue to grow — and we need to focus on what needs are important to continuing that pathway to success. We are visiting the two Denton university campuses to get an up-close view of the growth of this area and what opportunities exist for continuing to improve higher education in Texas.”

“TWU has a wonderful and active partnership with the legislature and we are proud to work with them in solving the critical needs of the state,” Stuart said. “What we at TWU do, and do well, is educate and graduate the many professionals who impact directly the lives and needs of the citizens of Texas.”


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The University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university and the flagship of the UNT System. One of Texas' largest universities, UNT offers 96 bachelor's, 111 master's and 50 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. UNT's more than 34,000 students Discover the power of ideas.

Texas Woman’s University occupies a notable position in higher education as the nation’s largest university primarily for women. Its campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston are joined by an e-learning campus that offers innovative online degree programs in business, education, nursing and general studies. Six consecutive years of enrollment growth have produced a record enrollment of 12,173.

 


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