The potential classification of Texas State as an emerging research university could lead to millions of dollars in funding within the next six years.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board designates universities across the state into categories. These range from Tier 1 universities in the research category to Tier 5 in the master’s. Research expenses and doctoral criteria factor into how the state determines where funding goes.
Architectural rules and regulations were adopted this spring to promote continued historic charm throughout the downtown San Marcos area.
The current “Downtown SmartCode” exists because of contributions from consulting firms, the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and resident recommendations. A plan was first devised four years ago to create a downtown transect method of seven transects, or areas, ranging from natural lands to urban centers.
University and public officials are attempting to find ways to increase the efficiency of transportation within the city and surrounding areas.
The City of San Marcos is currently classified for rural area transportation funding. Last year’s census tally will be a contributing factor in whether the city can qualify for more state and federal funding.
After years of expansion and seclusion, the Honors Program is getting upgraded to a college.
The program was first established at the university 44 years ago to provide a high tier academic learning experience. Honors courses include stimulating replacements for basic classes and specific discipline topics. Each class is limited to 17 students in an attempt to establish a close-knit debate amongst students and instructors.
A Texas State University System regent and Beaumont attorney has begun a campaign to represent the upper Gulf Coast region in the nation’s capitol.
Michael Truncale recently announced he will run for the newly redrawn District 14 seat in Congress during the Republican primary next year. The area he intends to serve includes all of Jefferson and Galveston counties and sections of Harris and Brazoria.
The current District 14 representative, Ron Paul, will not be seeking re-election as his focus shifts to his current bid for United States presidency.
This spring Texas State students can expect to shell out more money for tuition due to budget cuts made to higher education in the recent legislative session.
The dismantlement of Texas State’s Students with Alternative Transportation (S.W.A.T.) program in 2009 has left a hole in the city’s efforts to encourage safety from drunk drivers on the roads.
Howard Williams, San Marcos Police chief, presented a report on crime data collected over the last three years to the City Council in June. The presentation reflected the rise and decline of citywide arrests and citations following a voter-passed referendum to extend bar hours from 12 to 2 a.m. in 2008.
Terry Nichols has announced he will make his first run for a council seat. Nichols said he has an extensive background in public service which includes a 21-year stint with the San Marcos Police Department and more than 10 years with the Hays County S.W.A.T. team.
Americans exercise their First Amendment rights routinely, but this year, Texas State freshmen will delve into the importance of those freedoms.
The First Amendment will connect students, faculty and staff as the new Common Experience theme for the upcoming 2011- 2012 school year.
“The Common Experience originates with the freshmen class, but it certainly takes in the entire campus community,” said Kym Fox, Common Experience committee member. “The idea is freshmen coming in will be able to connect with more than 30,000 students on one topic, and it is very useful.”