By Ian Troub –
The annual meeting of the Texas A&M System Board of Regents was held last Thursday in College Station to discuss, plan for and approve the plans, budgets and addendums of all 12 of its member universities, seven state agencies, and two System Service Units.
Tarleton State University, a member since 1917, is the third longest tenured System member behind Prairie View A&M and of course Texas A&M, both members since 1876.
Chief among Tarleton and the System’s concerns for the meeting was the annual budget of the TAMU System, which was tabled at around $3.777 billion dollars according to a report from the President’s Executive Cabinet. The System Board of Regents unanimously approved the budget and salary plans on Tuesday.
Tarleton’s proposed new admissions standards received approval by the board as well as its revised core curriculum, which will now need to be approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. These new standards will make admission to Tarleton tougher, as students in the bottom 39 percent of their high school class will not be admitted, and anyone from the 40-49 percent range must have scores of 950 or higher on the SAT or 20 or higher on the ACT. Students in the top half of their graduating classes must provide either SAT or ACT scores as well under the new plan.
President F. Dominic Dottavio said in his Office’s report, “We will continue to raise admission standards, a move that we believe will enhance the value of a Tarleton degree.”
Kelli Styron’s appointment as Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts was also given final approval by the Board. Styron had served as Interim Dean of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts for 18 months before being appointed the official Dean in April of 2013.
“I congratulate Dean Styron on her new role at Tarleton and look forward to great success for her personally, for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and for the university,” Dottavio said.
Ian Troub is a senior Broadcast Journalism student from Copperas Cove, Texas. Ian currently serves as the Executive Producer/Writer for Texan News Service.