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US: Texas universities pressured by think-tank

The influence of a conservative movement that would apply a greater business orientation to Texas higher education came into stark relief last week, when the chancellor of one of the state's university systems unexpectedly resigned and the other seemed to push back against regents who have embraced what some call a heavy-handed ideological agenda, writes Jack Stripling for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Michael D McKinney, chancellor of the Texas A&M University system, announced last Tuesday that he would "step aside" in July. McKinney's resignation comes on the heels of months of pressure from the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think-tank whose leaders questioned Texas A&M regents in e-mails about the pace with which the chancellor was putting in place changes, including a plan to award faculty bonuses based entirely on student evaluations.
Full report on the Chronicle of Higher Education site
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