WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - Midwestern State University is considering a formal invitation to become a member of the Texas Tech University System.
“We think that the strength of their system could provide us with greater strength and help our students find education more affordable as costs conintinue to rise then there’s a real economy of scale by being part of a larger system,” MSU Texas President Suzanne Shipley said.
If MSU Texas decides to join, they would become the fifth university to join under this university system:
- Texas Tech University – Lubbock
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – Lubbock
- Angelo State University – San Angelo
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
Board of Regents chair Caven Crosnoe said he beleives there is a lot to be gained at the university level from participating in the system.
“If we elect to join the system, MSU will not be governed by a current local Board of Regents," Crosnoe said. "It would be governed by the Texas Tech system Board of Regents.”
Crosnoe said the system’s capacity for influence at the state level is much greater than independents have now.
“At the August board meeting, based upon the results of this process, the board could deliberate further or make a decision about membership in the Texas Tech University System,” Crosnoe said.
On Friday, Feb. 14, the university made a public statement about the invitation.
At the Board of Regents meeting, held on Feb. 13, the board asked President Shipley to gather input from the community.
“At the February Board of Regents meeting I was asked to engage in dialogue with our campus and our community regarding an invitation to consider joining the Texas Tech University System," President Shipley said. “The Board has asked that I host a series of campus conversations, followed by community conversations, to assess interest, answer questions, and address concerns regarding a response to this invitation.”
These community conversations will be starting in late February.
Speaking to members of the Board of Regents begins in April and the idea will be further discussed in open session during the May 14 board meeting.
- 10:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art
- 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Wichita Falls Museum of Art
For more information you can contact the University Administration at (940) 397-4000.