Focus Friday: billion dollar fundraiser
However, this campaign is not unique to our University, The University of Texas at Austin finished raising more than $3 billion in 2014 while Texas A&M is more than halfway to its goal of $4 billion. Both the University of Texas and Texas A&M also receive funding through the Permanent University Fund.
I believe that this campaign will help our University build credibility in the community and within the legislature. Currently, UH is at a disadvantage due to the fact we do not receive funding from the Permanent University Fund (PUF). On this years UH legislative agenda the University is pursuing State funding for Tier One universities, which is a grouping of research oriented funds that constitute an innovative and powerful tool to develop and grow a more nationally-competitive Tier One research university. When lobbying for funds it is a very important that we prove that we are able to raise our own funds to create legitimacy and to show community support.
As usual, universities are in the business of taking money. The form of collection, whether tuition increases or donations, is irrelevant. The University has set priorities for donor allocated funds. My question is, who set the priorities? The President? The Board? The Athletics Dept? The point is we are giving money to the cause that effects our university. There are 40,000 students, if our voice really mattered as much as the administration claimed, we would be setting the priorities, not just given a preference.