After weathering the 2008-2010 funding storms better than most, the higher education system in Texas may be in trouble. The Houston Chronicle reports that

Two years after Texas legislators poured unprecedented amounts of money into higher education, colleges and universities are braced for an about-face during the 2011 legislative session that begins next month.


A shortfall of $20 billion or more in the state budget may force significant changes in how that education is delivered, and...colleges and universities expect double-digit cuts.


Many university officials are expressing their fear that "Any changes made now may become permanent."

"State support at the level we have enjoyed for the last 15 or 20 years is never coming back," Stanton Calvert, Texas A&M University's vice chancellor for governmental relations, told regents there earlier this month. "There will almost surely be less money for a long time going forward."