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Austin Daily Texan (Newspaper) - June 8, 2015, Austin, Texas3state calling it a Day of Celebration gov. Greg Abbott on june 4 signed into Law his University research initiative which will seek to provide higher education institutions statewide the necessary funding to attract esteemed researchers from around the Globe. We want to elevate the higher education colleges and universities in Texas to be ranked number one in the United states of America said Abbott surrounded by representatives from higher education institutions around the state including system Chancellor William Mcraven and it president Gregory fences. The initiative which Abbott deemed an Emer gency item during the last legislative session seeks to provide Texas colleges and universities with More than $8 billion in Bonds and funding to promote research compensate re searchers and build facilities that will attract both the current and next generation of High class students and faculty. University spokesperson Gary Susswein said the legislation included in the initiative Only allows the University to hire faculty in Stem science technology engineering and math Fields and in medi Cine although he Hopes the fund will Benefit the entire student body. The governors fund will allow it to attract even More renowned faculty members who will conduct groundbreaking research teach our students and provide them with new opportunities to participate in these research projects and then help us attract other top faculty and students to be part of these efforts Susswein said in an email. We Hope All students Benefit from being in such a dynamic academic environment. Abbotts initiative will allow Texas colleges and universities Access to More than $4 billion to attract Nobel laureates and National Academy members to act As faculty in Addi Tion to the funding already granted to them in the states two year budgeting Cycle. The initiative re quires the state to match any amount state colleges and universities already raised to attract such faculty As Well. Colleges and universities will also have Access to $3 billion in Bonds and allow ances to build research and other facilities to better at tract students and faculty. The state will also provide another $1 billion to pro Mote research done at state institutions As Well As to attract what Abbott called the next generation of no Bel laureates and National Academy members to at tend Texas higher education institutions. Abbott also stressed the importance of making higher education More affordable for students. His initiative will allow a score of three or higher on any advanced placement test to count for College credit whereas it formerly set its own policies regard ing a scores. It will also seek to facilitate coordination and collaboration Between institutions to better allow credits to Transfer from one institution to another. Oftentimes students begin the higher Educa Tion process at a Community College or a two year College program Only to find after they Complete a course there the class that they take is not accepted at the higher Educa Tion institution they go to meaning they have to pay More Money to take that course again a course they ave already completed Abbott said. Sen. Judith Zaffirini d Laredo whom Abbott called a powerful advocate for higher education was also present for the sign ing. She said Abbott is the first governor since John Connally in the 1960s to be committed to the Excel Lence of higher education in Texas. Matching funds from the state will help it at tract additional top world class researchers and scientists helping ensure it remains a University of the first class a Zaffirini said in an email. Clearly Abbott understands the importance and role of academic research. Abbott signs University research initiative by Anderson Boyd Anderson Boyd 3anderson Boyd news editor june 8, 2015 Daulton Venglar daily texan staff gov. Greg Abbott Speaks to the crowd after he signed into Law his University re search initiative on june 4 at the aces building. The initiative seeks to gift Texas colleges and universities with Over $8 Bil lion in Bonds and funding

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