Initial messages of Governor W. P. Hobby to the thirty-sixth legislature, state of Texas: Jan. 14, 1919 and Jan. 22, 1919. Page: 14 of 32
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and work at once commenced on
buildings at Camp Mabry, land belonging
to the State of Texas, but
loaned to the University of Texas for
this purpose. Permanent barracks,
mess hall and headquarters buildings,
and wooden school buildings,
were erected. The first students
reported on May 15, 1918, before
the plant was completed, However,
these men were set to work, and th.e
instruction has been continuous.
This school was later made Section
B, or Vocational Section, of the
Students' Army Training Corps
under the same committee.
Section A of the Students' Army
Training Corps was organized and
located on the main campus of the
University of Texas. An extension of
the mess hall and twelve temporary
barracks were constructed for this
unit. Both sections of the Students'
Army Training Corps have been demobilized
by order of the War Department.
The University of Texas has also
leased the buildings of the Austin
Presbyterian Theological Seminary
and two other residences.for use asa
Base Hospital for the army schools.
Repairs have been made on the
main building and Lubbock Hall, and
two two-story wooden ward buildings
have so far been completed. The hospital
has been in use for some time
under the Department Surgeon,
Southern Department. The equipment
is furnished by the Medical Department
of the United States Army.
The cost for 0onstruction and equipment
of each of these enterprises has
been paid by the University of Texas
from the available funds of the University
and 'from two loans, authorized.
by the Board of Regents and
secured from George W. Littlefie[d.
The first loan is for the sum of $300,.
000 and the second for $500,000. Of
these amounts. $200,000 and the interest
have been repaid, leaving an
unpaid amount of the loan of $600,000
and interest on the remaining
The following statement is made of
the expenditures for construction and
equipment of the various scbeols and
(a) School of Military
(b) Penn Field ..... 546,274.71
(c) S. A. T. C., Section
A ........... 78,691.13
(d) S. A. T. ., Section
Mabry ... ..... 651,171.37
(e) Base Hospital ... 74,665.69
Total. ....... $1,551,284.45
The income to cover operation
costs comes mostly from the Federal
Government from funds appropriated
to the War Department. The contracts
for operation cover a payment
to the University on the basis of men
days attendance at the school, which
covers housing, subsistence, and the
instruction of the men. The rates of
payment were fixed on the basis of a
proposed curriculum and quota of
men, an allowance of from 60 cents
to 75 cents per man per day for subsistence
and an amount to be set
aside for the amortizement of the
physical plant and equipment in
about two years of operation. Analyses
of unit costs were frequently
made to check the estimate against
actual conditions. Experience has
shown that the original estimates
were close to the actual costs.
Each contract for operation contains
a clause guaranteeing the
University of Texas against loss for
money expended for construction,
equipment or operating expenses at
the close of these schools, and also
provides for readjustment of rates
of income on the basis of operating
costs made necessary by frequent
changes in quota, curriculum, and
other conditions caused by war conditions.
Due to the fact that the order to
close these schools or to reduce their
quotas came soon after the signing of
the armistice, the total construction
and equipment cost had not been paid
off. However, in every instance.
there has been a margin of profit;
above direct operating expeases
large enough to more than compensate
the University for the pronortion
of the overhead covered by the periodof
operation of these contracts.
The direct gross income from the operstion
has been approximately '$1,600,000,
and the indirect income
from salaries to the soldiers, officers,
etc., has been approximately the same
amount, or roughly $3,000,000 total
income from these schools. The total
enrollment has been approximately
14,000 students and the total
number of graduates has been 8,000
for the three war schools not on the
campus. Each course has. been ap
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Hobby, W. P. Initial messages of Governor W. P. Hobby to the thirty-sixth legislature, state of Texas: Jan. 14, 1919 and Jan. 22, 1919., book, 1919; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth5863/m1/14/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .