It has become clear to everyone that during these difficult economic times, sacrifices have to be made, and people need to be held accountable for their spending. With that in mind, it needs to be said that Governor Rick Perry is making a monumental error by cutting funding for higher education in the state of Texas. The University of Texas at Austin has made a name for itself in recent rankings (ranking 29th by renown British magazine Times Higher Education in this article) , and it is unfair to its students for Governor Perry to decrease the value of our degrees by cutting funding to Texas public universities.
In the past two years alone, Governor Perry has cut 17.5 percent of UT's budget. This amounts to a whopping $92 million dollar loss over that two year span (these facts can be verified here). Texas is able to maintain its status as a top tier research institute because of funding from the state government. Governor Perry recently proposed even more cuts to funding in a year when UT's incoming freshman class is the largest its ever been. He also vowed to not allow tuition increases, despite the desperate pleas of President William Powers Jr. Powers wanted to increase tuition 2.6 percent, and was shot down by Perry's appointees on the Board of Regents (source). Without this source of revenue to help fund groundbreaking research, the overall quality of the university will get worse. Brilliant researchers will stop applying for jobs at UT, which will cause the quality of professors and of research to decrease dramatically.
In my opinion, Texas should fund UT because at the end of the day, money is what brings people to the university and what helps make UT one of the best public universities in the nation. We need to invest more in our state's future by funding a new generations education. Governor Perry needs to find other areas to introduce cuts to, because frankly, our state's higher education system is one of the most important assets we have.