“Although the plans for the new think tank are not finalized, the proposals are certainly ambitious.”
The good news here is that the think tank is going to play an active role in educating students on conservative principles.
Campus Reform reports:
University of Texas set to launch conservative think tank
The University of Texas has worked with private donors and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to establish a new think tank to promote conservative ideas on campus.
The Liberty Institute was granted $6 million in funding from the state legislature from the 2022-23 state budget along with another $6 million committed by university officials. Several prominent alumni ranging from state senators to billionaires worked with university President Jay Hartzell, to create the think tank, with the goal of bringing more intellectual diversity to UT Austin’s campus.
Although the plans for the new think tank are not finalized, the proposals are certainly ambitious.
According to proposals obtained by the Texas Tribune, the think tank would educate thousands of UT students on free market philosophy and individual liberties. It would also work with the university’s OnRamps program, which extends educational opportunities to more than 20,000 high school students across the state.
Oil executive Bud Brigham, a major donor and driving force behind the project, has been a major proponent of Ayn Rand’s philosophy and the Liberty Institute would introduce it to an overwhelmingly liberal campus.
Alex Vargas, Chairman of the Young Conservatives of Texas UT Austin Chapter, told Campus Reform, “Members of my organization and I have been excited about this news since it broke.”
The center would offer new degree programs in areas such as politics, philosophy, and economics taught by new faculty recruited to teach at the university.
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