The Future of the Middle Rio Grande Region

The Texas State University System announced in September 2022 that it would begin working to establish an independent four-year university in Eagle Pass, a plan based on enrollment and clearly articulated goals and milestones.

Chancellor Brian McCall, State Rep. Eddie Morales and SRSU President Carlos Hernandez outlined several goals and a timeline that will precede independence.

As a first step, construction will begin this year on a $30 million multi-purpose education building on 100 acres of land donated by Eagle Pass Ranch Partnership and business operations will be consolidated in Eagle Pass.

SRSU has requested a $4 million exceptional expenditure from the State Legislature to development academic programs, including a “downward expansion” into first and second-year course design.

Enrollment must increase to between 1,000-1,500 students to transition to branch campus status, and 2,000-2,500 for independent campus status. When that goal is met, we will invest in additional infrastructure and academic programming, and spend the next several years enhancing student services, building out the campus, and providing additional operating and capital funds.

SRSU, TSUS and state leadership are committed to this goal and will make every effort toward independence for RGC.