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Tarleton-Central Texas to become Texas A&M-Central Texas by fall 2009

Office of University News & Information
Kim Lee, Public Relations & Marketing Manager

January 29, 2009

Tarleton-Central Texas to become Texas A&M-Central Texas by fall 2009

Tarleton State University-Central Texas has reached its 1,000 full-time student equivalent (FTSE) goal and will become Texas A&M University-Central Texas as soon as the enrollment is certified by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the name change is approved by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. Tarleton Central-Texas is hopeful that this will be done by September 2009.

As of the 12th class day, January 29, 2009, Tarleton-Central Texas recorded an enrollment of 1129.37 FTSEs. According to state legislation, once the university reaches 1,000FTSEs in one given semester, it is eligible to become a free-standing university, Texas A&M University-Central Texas.

Dr. Garry Ross, Tarleton-Central Texas Executive Director, said “We are delighted that we have reached this goal after years of hard work and that we will soon become stand-alone and more equipped to accommodate the educational needs of our students. The development of Texas A&M University-Central Texas has been the result of a strong community effort, and we are grateful to Central Texans for their support in making it possible to meet this milestone. We are also very thankful for the support and hard work given by our parent institution in Stephenville. The two groups working together have made this important accomplishment a reality.”

In 2004, the U.S. Congress approved legislation that allows for 662 acres of land to be transferred from Fort Hood to the Texas A&M University System once the name change is official. The next step for the university is to reach 1,500 FTSs by 2010 in order to receive $25 million in tuition revenue bonds to build a new campus on that land, which is located at the intersection of Highways 195 and 201 on the south side of Killeen.

Tarleton-Central Texas offers evening, weekend and online classes toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is located just off of Highway 190 at 1901 S. Clear Creek Road in Killeen. For more information, call 254-519-5421 or log on to


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