The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously approved the establishment a doctor of medicine degree program at UT Rio Grande Valley and admissions criteria for incoming freshman, transfer and graduate students.
In a meeting held in Austin, Guy Bailey attended his first official regents’ meeting as UTRGV president. Bailey acknowledged that the UT San Antonio Health Science Center has been instrumental in helping form the UTRGV School of Medicine’s structure.
Regent Alex Cranburg asked Bailey about a substantial revenue surplus for the program and asked when Bailey expects the program to be self-sustaining.
“We expect the (program) to be self sustaining, I don’t think there is any question about that,” Bailey told the regents. “I don’t think there will be any problem with the self-sufficiency with the program.”
Additionally, UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa said surplus funds will be used for recruitment purposes.
After discussions of budget, the board recommended updating the information on financial matters. The board approved the establishment of the medical degree program.
The board also voted on the admissions criteria for UTRGV students. Bailey said the goal of UTRGV is to provide access to all students who have a reasonable chance of success.
For incoming freshmen, top 10 percent in their high school senior classes are guaranteed admission. Other first-time freshmen will have to meet criteria for combined factors such as class rank, prior college hours, test scores, rigor of high school course work, leadership experience, community involvement and stated goals.
Transfer students with associate’s degrees will have automatic admission. Those who have not obtained an associates degree must have earned at least 24 semester hours at their previous institution with a minimum grade-point average of 2.0.
The various graduate programs each have their own sets of criteria.
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