Greater Houston Partnership Supports UH as Tier One Institution

The Greater Houston Partnership voted to approve key resolutions on higher education in the Houston region at its September Board of Directors meeting. These included support for the passage of Proposition 4 addressing the creation of additional national research universities in Texas. Previously, the Board passed a resolution in support of the University of Houston's designation as the state's next top tier university:

Supports Passage of Proposition 4 (HJR 14-2) Related to Creation of Additional National Research Universities in Texas

The Greater Houston Partnership supports the passage of Proposition 4 (HJR 14-2) related to the creation of additional national research universities in Texas. The Partnership encourages our Members to provide information to their employees concerning the impact of the Constitutional Amendment which will be on the ballot on November 3, 2009.

The ballot language states: "The constitutional amendment establishing the national research university fund to enable emerging research universities in this state to achieve prominence as major research universities and transferring the balance of the higher education fund to the national research university fund."

The Partnership's stated position expressed in the 2009 Legislative Agenda was to support the designation of the University of Houston as Texas' next Tier One University. With the passage of HB 5/SJR 35, the bill creates a competitive funding process for National Research University (Tier One) status.