The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 86, July 1982 - April, 1983 Page: 134
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
it among the many state universities in Texas, will have a leveling effect
that will prevent the rise to greatness.
Size. It is questionable whether a university with 48,ooo students,
especially one with admission standards as low as those of the Univer-
sity, can achieve first-class status. Recently raised entrance require-
ments might stabilize or even lower the enrollment slightly over the
next few years, but the University will still have an enormous under-
graduate student body. Whether such a large institution can graduate
truly educated students is open to debate.
Identity. Academically, the University of Texas has long lived in
the shadows of longer-established and less controversial institutions
with better compensated faculty, a situation that has contributed to an
inferiority complex on the part of this school. The University of Texas
cannot be Harvard, Yale, or the University of California at Berkeley;
it should not try to be. It must carve out its own place of excellence,
accepting its position as an institution located in the Lone Star State.
But with the proper support and direction, it can, as the editor of the
Journal of Education predicted in 1882, be "second to none on this
continent, except in age."9 After all, it is the national university of
9Quoted in Benedict (comp.), A Source Book, 681.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 86, July 1982 - April, 1983, periodical, 1982/1983; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101209/m1/170/: accessed June 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.