Eagerly Anticipate Merger Between UTB and UTPA and Medical School Creation
Caballero, 17, a member of BECHS’ Class of 2013 and a junior working on a
bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in physics at The
University of Texas at Brownsville, is eager to do the radio pulsar
research that physics students do using data from telescopes in West Virginia
and Puerto Rico.
get to start researching as an undergraduate,” said Caballero. “That’s not
something a lot of universities offer.”
also looks forward being among the first students attending what will be a
merged UTB and University of Texas – Pan American in Edinburg expected to begin
classes in fall 2015. A new four year-medical school with a presence in Cameron
and Hidalgo counties will also be created within the university. The new
institution is expected to be the second-largest Hispanic serving institution
in the nation.
think it’s a big opportunity,” said Caballero. “It’s all about research in
physics. I’m excited for my friends because a lot of them are going to
biomedicine and having a medical school here will be great. It will not be
expensive to move away.”
Rick Perry and leaders from The University of Texas System and UTB will gather
at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 at the Texas Southmost College Arts Center
for a ceremonial signing ceremony for the legislation passed by the state
Legislature in late spring merging the universities and starting the medical
in the day, the governor will participate in a signing celebration at 9:30 a.m.
at the UTPA Student Union in Edinburg.
Gonzalez of Brownsville dreams of one day learning about cancer while taking
medical classes in the Rio Grande Valley.
me that’s great,” said Gonzalez, 18, a senior biomedical sciences major at UTB.
“That’s what I want to do after my undergraduate work. If I can be in one of
the first cohorts for that medical school, that will be cool as well.”
a 2012 graduate of the Brownsville Early College High School, took
university-level courses and high school classes to get ahead in semester
credit hours before enrolling in fall 2012 at UTB. He is a Greater Texas
as the new university plan is being called by The University of Texas System,
will be developed in the next 12 to 18 months. The plan will give shape to
every facet of the university including a new name, academic programs and the
make-up of the medical school.
face of the new university is expected to initially have, according to the UT
than 27,000 students
than 1,490 faculty members
than 3,780 staff members
average salary for jobs at the university would be $65,000
restricted research expenditures at $11.4 million
endowment estimated at $70.5 million
operating budget of $419 million
net assets worth $540 million
Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa estimated the cost savings by having
one university with a medical school component would save about $6 million a
year that could be re-invested into student learning.
one university means access to something UTB or UTPA has never had before:
money from the Permanent University Fund that is readily available to most
campuses in the UT and Texas A&M University Systems.