It’s just an itty-bitty item, number VI.D on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s July 20 agenda, but it’s going to cause a big ol’ fight. The University of Houston wants the Coordinating Board’s approval to purchase the former Compaq headquarters, now owned by Hewlett-Packard, to establish a branch campus to serve Northwest Harris County. U of H plans to offer upper-division and graduate courses at the site. Sounds like a good idea, right? Not to Prairie View A&M, which relies heavily on drawing students from the Houston area and regards far northwest Harris County as its turf. Having a rival campus less than 30 miles away is NOT part of Prairie View’s master plan. Take my word for it: This is war.
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