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Texas’ decision to close physics programs jeopardizes nation’s future

National Society of Black Physicists    Share    E-mail article

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has cut 60 percent of the undergraduate physics programs in the state. This includes both programs at its two largest Historically Black Institutions, Texas Southern University and Prairie View A & M University. If all the other states where to adopt Texas’ approach, which the state of Florida is already considering, 526 of the roughly 760 physics departments in the U.S. would be shuttered. All but two of the 34 HBCU physics programs would be closed. A third of underrepresented minorities and women studying physics would have their programs eliminated.