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Dean Bardet Urges Legislators to Continue Funding

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet spent a full day on a recent trip to Washington, D.C., visiting with several Texas legislators and making a case for maintaining funding levels for higher education.


Dean Bardet and Congressman Pete Sessions

Dean Bardet (l) and Congressman Sessions

“A funding cut of 10 percent or more would hurt us, especially the emerging universities. We brought up important issues with our elected officials and explained how major budget cuts could be detrimental to many institutions that are growing to respond to demand in Texas. There is a potential for 758,000 jobs in Texas by 2018, about 20,000 of which will be in engineering. It’s important that our legislators keep that in mind when they discuss cutting funding for higher education,” Bardet explained.

Working with the American Society of Engineering Educators and the engineering deans from the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University and Texas A&M-Texarkana, Bardet met with Congressmen Joe Barton, Michael Burgess, and Pete Sessions and also spoke with staffers for Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn. 

“It was a productive day of discussions that allowed us the opportunity to bring up some important issues with our elected officials. Texas needs STEM education and we’re doing well in providing it, but we needed to make it understood that the sequester and any resulting cuts could set us back a long way. I think we were able to deliver that message,” Bardet said.