A Second Chance for Campus Construction Projects?
“A great university requires three things,” says Greg Fenves, the dean of UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering, “top faculty, recruiting the best students, and then the facilities in order to bring all of this together.” While he believes UT does the first two well, Fenves says, “We have completely out-of-date facilities.” He hopes to replace decades-old structures that he says are not competitive with peer institutions with a new facility that fosters collaboration and entrereneurship.
“It’s hard to have a new Silicon Valley here in Austin without a first-class engineering facility at UT,” says Branch, referencing a stated desire of Gov. Rick Perry‘s to foster just such an environment in the state’s capital.
Let’s hope this gets picked up in Texas’ special session!