State Panel Recommends Bailout of Texas Southern University, But Only Under Stipulated Conditions

A state government panel in Texas issued a report on the serious fiscal problems confronting Texas Southern University, the historically black educational institution in Houston. The university has been beset with financial problems and has asked the state for $25 million in emergency aid.

The panel recommends that the money be appropriated, but only if a new governing board is installed and strict oversight by state auditors is instituted. The panel also calls for the university to refocus its mission on undergraduate education and the university’s professional schools.