PRESS RELEASE
From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
May 25, 1999
Contact: William A. Scott - (512) 463-0124

Tarleton State University-Central Texas Funding Approved
Fraser Announces Killeen Campus to Receive $10.2 Million For Fiscal 2000-2001

AUSTIN -- Tarleton State University's Central Texas campus in Killeen will receive $10.2 million in state funding for the biennium beginning September 1, Senator Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, announced today.

Fraser, a member of the House-Senate budget conference committee, worked with other legislators to hammer out differences between House and Senate versions of the budget. Final committee approval of the measure came yesterday afternoon.

"This project has been a top priority since I announced my candidacy for the Senate," Fraser said. "I'm proud of this moment because we're about to clear the final hurdle in a long process to bring upper-level, public higher education to Bell County."

Under the spending plan, the Tarleton State center in Killeen will receive $5.1 million in each of the next two fiscal years. The budget package now travels to the House and Senate floors, where approval is expected this week.

The state's appropriation follows approval last October by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the creation of a public upper-level university center in Killeen, capping a decade-long initiative to provide affordable college to thousands of Central Texans.

The university system center plan is the result of legislation authored by Fraser in 1997, which allowed the University of Central Texas to transfer its assets to the state and designated it as a public, upper-level university. The bill was approved without a dissenting vote in both the Senate and House, and was signed by Gov. George W. Bush.

"The Killeen-Temple area has a population of more than 300,000 people, and is currently the third fastest-growing region of the state," Fraser said. "It only makes sense that such a progressive area should have affordable, accessible, high-quality education available to all its citizens. In today's competitive, high-tech market, a quality education is the cornerstone to success."

The assets of UCT will be transferred to the Texas A&M University System, which has designated Tarleton State University to administer undergraduate degree programs for college juniors and seniors, as well as Master's Degree programs, effective September 1, 1999.

The university system center in Killeen will use the existing facilities at UCT to operate the upper-level campus that will accommodate the needs of many students who complete their first two years of undergraduate work at Central Texas College and nearby Temple College, which have a combined enrollment of about 9,000 students.

The university center plans to share classrooms and libraries with Fort Hood, Temple College, the Temple, Copperas Cove, Killeen school districts, and The Texas A&M University System Blacklands Research Center in Temple.

The university system center in Killeen will follow the policies and guidelines established by the Higher Education Coordinating Board, The Texas A&M University System and Tarleton State University. All degrees will be awarded by, and in the name of, Tarleton State University.

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