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About Tier One UTSA and the Texas Legislature

The role of higher education in Texas reached a new height during the 81st Legislature's session in 2009, and The University of Texas at San Antonio was a part of the history.

Important legislation was passed to support academic excellence and research as part of the vision to make the state a leader in scholarship and scientific discovery.

The vision at UTSA is being realized through a university plan structured to raise the institution to national research heights.

Accomplishments have resulted in legislative recognition through House Bill 51 naming UTSA as one of the state’s emerging research universities.

Texas Capital

Texas Capitol building.

Formula Funding for 2010-11

UTSA received $10 million in general revenue—a 7.8 percent increase from 2008.

New or Additional Funding for UTSA

  • $550,000 to support operations of the Texas State Data Center
  • $689,298 to support the Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
  • $2.4 million for the Rural Development Initiative South-West Border Network Small Business Development Center
  • $4 million for the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI)
  • $500,000 for the P-16 Council

Legislation related to national research universities

HB 51 provides funding support for the seven emerging research institutions through the Texas Research Incentive Program (TRIP) fund. The institutions identified as emerging institutions are UT Arlington, UT Dallas, UT El Paso, UT San Antonio, University of Houston, University of North Texas and Texas Tech University.

For 2010-11, $50 million in additional general revenue is appropriated to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to allocate matching funds through gifts or endowments raised through the private sector for the purpose of research activities at the emerging institutions.

HB 51 also creates the National Research University Fund (NRUF) as a new source of funds to support these universities.

Research Development Fund

The Research Development fund consists of $80.9 million for 2010-11. The University of Texas System Institutions were appropriated $37.3 million, an increase of $3.3 million from 2008.

UTSA received $6.8 million, an increase of $840,000.

Additional information for each bill is at The website has information about both houses of the Texas Legislature and is maintained by the Texas Legislative Council.

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