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Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 10:17 pm

The campus community can now take a look at what some faculty and staff members have been working on over the last couple of months to consolidate the University of Texas at Brownsville and UT-Pan American. 

The reports of 15 academic working groups and 14 academic administration working groups have been published on both schools’ websites.

Julio León, the special advisor to Project South Texas, said the information has been provided for faculty members who were not part of the discussions for new ideas for the school. More than 400 faculty, administrators, staff and students from both UTB and UTPA were part of the planning for the reports.

“Now we want everyone to react to it,” León said.

León said during the next two to three weeks he is expecting to host town hall meetings on campus to listen to opinions from faculty members who weren’t involved with working groups.

“I think one of the requirements for any changes, especially such a significant change that is going to occur, needs to be shared with everyone and get everybody’s reaction to it including their opinions,” León said.

The campus community can leave its comments and feedback on the website, León said.

“Everything will be presented to the new president and from there the new university will begin to be shaped,” León said.

The UT System Board of Regents will soon begin to interview finalists for the presidency of the new university.

Reports on the website include information on doctoral programs, the health professions division, social sciences, engineering programs, and more.

“I think we are proceeding as planned,” León said. “This is an exacting project and hopefully they will take advantage of the opportunity to give their reactions to what their colleagues put together.”

Reports can be found online at: http://tinyurl.com/mrxd5eb.

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