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Dr. Clarke Quoted in the Houston Chronicle.

HHP faculty Dr. Mark Clarke's was quoted in a chronicle article on budget cuts being faced by the university. Dr. Clarke is the president of the Faculty Senate at the University of Houston.

Public universities in the state of Texas have been ordered to submit plans to cut 5% of state funding for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. Dr. Clarke was commenting on the effects the cuts could have on faculty salaries, faculty retention and recruitment.

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Dr. Mark Clarke

Below is an excerpt from the article:

“One thing that's become apparent, we can't uniformly take cuts,” said Mark Clarke, a faculty member in the health and human services department and president of the Faculty Senate. “The consequences of an across-the-board cut would be (to hurt) those programs we're trying to develop, the student success and the Tier One initiatives.”

People at UH have talked for years about becoming a Tier One university, but the momentum has grown since Renu Khator was hired as chancellor of the UH system and president of its main campus.

Voters last fall approved a plan to give UH and six other so-called emerging research universities additional state money if they reach certain milestones.

Faculty salaries are a big — and unresolved — topic.

Read the entire article on the Chronicle website (pdf verison)