Texas State officials discuss funding for engineering, health professions

News Reporter

Texas State officials presented their case Feb. 12 to the Texas Senate Finance Committee for using state funds to construct two new academic buildings.

University officials have requested an engineering building for the main campus and a health professions facility in Round Rock to accommodate growing enrollment rates.

The university cannot accommodate civil and environmental engineering programs without a new building, President Denise Trauth said.

“Our engineering program has grown dramatically over the past ten years,” Trauth said. “We would like to grow it even more, but we simply don’t have the space.”

Trauth told the committee she had two memorandums of understanding pledging $7.1 million total for the engineering building, should the legislature appropriate funding.

“We have skin in the game,” Trauth said. “We’ve already made an almost-$10 million investment towards this building.”

The university would be forced to cap engineering enrollment in two years without another building, Trauth said. The program lacks space.

Trauth was unable to disclose possible donors for the Round Rock health professions building and assured the committee she is talking with contributors.

“We are (a) very efficient user of state funding,” Trauth said. “We are good stewards of the space that we have.”