Texas A&M University is one step closer to obtaining a law school and a health-related institution following action today by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).
“I am pleased that progress continues in moving the Texas A&M Health Science Center under the administration of our flagship university, as well as in delivering the first public law school in north Texas,” said John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. “Both of these developments will have significant advantages for the state of Texas as we move forward.”
Texas A&M received approval to offer a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree with a major in law at Texas Wesleyan University beginning in fall 2014. In June 2012, Texas A&M and Texas Wesleyan agreed to a letter of intent through which the Fort Worth institution would become known as Texas A&M University School of Law at Texas Wesleyan University.
In addition, Texas A&M received approval to offer six doctoral programs currently under the Texas A&M Health Science Center as a next step in the proposed realignment of the institution into the university.
“Texas A&M has become one of the nation’s largest and most prestigious public universities over the past four decades,” said Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin. “These two important, major additions will help propel us to be among the very best, both nationally and internationally.”
The doctoral programs to be offered by Texas A&M are the doctor of philosophy in health services research; doctor of public health in epidemiology and environmental health; doctor of public health in health promotion and community health sciences; doctor of dental surgery; doctor of medicine; and doctor of pharmacy.
"We have full approval from THECB to proceed in the process with our partners to ensure that accreditation of programs, regional and professional, is maintained; students and faculty are served; and the quality of educational experiences and outcomes is enhanced for us all,” said Karan Watson, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at Texas A&M.
The Austin-based THECB is the state government agency that oversees the state’s public post-secondary education.