Update: Texas Legislature special session impacts for A&M-San Antonio

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By Office of the President
Thursday, 10 21 2021

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to provide an overview of this week’s activity in the Texas Legislature’s third special session and its impact on Texas A&M University-San Antonio related to support for 1) at-risk students, 2) capital construction projects, and 3) COVID-related needs.

Current and future generations of A&M-San Antonio students will see the impact of the Texas Legislature’s approval of Senate Bill 52 (authored by Senator Brandon Creighton and Representative Greg Bonnen), which allocates $3.35 billion in specific capital projects for Texas higher education institutions. The funding for capital projects at universities across the Texas A&M University System would potentially total $727.4 million, which is 22 percent of the total authorization.

Specific to A&M-San Antonio, Senate Bill 52 would potentially provide funding for a new building housing A&M-San Antonio’s College of Education and Human Development and to support programming in the area of public health.

Our students will also benefit from a portion of the $20 million allocated in SB 1295 (authored by Senator Creighton) to support at-risk students. These funds were allocated to support comprehensive regional universities (CRU), which educate nearly 40 percent of university students in Texas. CRUs serve a greater proportion of at-risk students, and SB 1295 helps to fund the programs and services necessary for supporting the academic success of these students.

Use this link to read more about Senate Bill 52. Both bills are now before Governor Greg Abbott for approval.

I am appreciative of the support of the Texas Legislature, the A&M University System Board of Regents, Senator Creighton, Representative Bonnen, and Chancellor John Sharp for their efforts.

Warm regards,

Dr. Cynthia-Teniente-Matson