Tarleton State University, a 115-year-old institution under the A&M system whose main campus is in Stephenville, has 48 degree and certification programs in Fort Worth, where the student population has been growing at an annual rate of 15 to 20 percent.
Late last year, the university received a donation of 80 acres of land along the new Chisholm Trail Parkway in southwest Fort Worth, which will allow it to build a new campus for the 1,600 students now housed in different storefront locations.
The school has requested $55 million from the Legislature to construct a 125,000-square-foot facility, President F. Dominic Dottavio told the Star-Telegram Editorial Board.
A House appropriations subcommittee has recommended spending $250 million to pay debt services on tuition revenue bonds that could fund more than $2.8 billion in projects for state universities.
There’s one major problem with those recommendations: Of the 13 Texas A&M system projects listed for approval, the building in Fort Worth was not included. A new building at Tarleton’s 8,000-student Stephenville campus was.
The Tarrant County legislative delegation needs to work hard to see that lawmakers correct this oversight.