Austin — The top University of Texas System regent is suggesting increasing undergraduate enrollment by 10 percent each year for four years and cutting tuition systemwide by about half.
The Austin American-Statesman reports regents Chairman Gene Powell proposes goals in an April 7 memo titled "Draft Notes and Ideas for Discussion."
System spokesman Anthony de Bruyn says the document was shared only with the regents' vice chairmen and a few system executives for discussion only. No action by the board is scheduled.
The suggestions come at a time when lawmakers are considering sharp cuts in higher-education funding. Bill McCausland of the UT Ex-Students Association says a dramatic increase in enrollment or cuts in tuition would mean reductions in the numbers of teachers, classes, programs and services.
Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com