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Chancellor offers more testimony at state Capitol

A week after testifying before a Texas Senate committee, Chancellor Carine M. Feyten on March 4 addressed two separate Texas House panels to tout TWU’s state impact and to make a pitch for expanding formula funding to support the university’s educational mission.

Feyten first testified before the House Committee on Higher Education before testifying in a subcommittee meeting of the House Appropriations Committee. She joined other higher education leaders from across the state who were invited to offer remarks on the importance of funding higher education. Both presentations were livestreamed.

In testimony before both panels, Feyten noted TWU’s growing collaborative activities with other institutions to better leverage resources and extend opportunities to Texas students.

Feyten used the opportunity to demonstrate the university’s impact on the state, noting that, at the height of the pandemic in 2020, it directed $1 million in state funds to support 100 woman-owned businesses in Texas that were struggling financially. Of the 100 businesses that received the $10,000 grants, she added, 99 were still thriving.

The chancellor further pointed out that TWU was recognized by U.S. News & World Report for having the most diverse student population among Texas universities and the fifth-most diverse student body in the nation. Additionally, she noted that TWU is responsible for conferring degrees to half of all doctoral allied health students in the state and 25% of all doctoral nursing students, some of whom go on to fill critically needed nursing faculty positions in Texas.