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Hobby Center for the Study of Texas
Rice University
PO Box 1892
MS 202
Houston, TX 77251-1892
Phone: 713-348-4208
e-mail: hobbycenter@rice.edu 


The Hobby Center for the Study of Texas is an independent and objective source for the completion of research and education projects and programs focused on major issues impacting Texas and the Nation both now and in the future. The Center seeks to advance understanding of the causes and consequences of demographic, economic, geographic, social, and environmental conditions impacting the current conditions in, and future of, Texas and other areas in the Nation.


Immigrant Students Today, Texas' Future Tomorrow - Part 1: Educating the New Workforce
AN EL PASO TIMES SPECIAL REPORT EXPLORING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF BILINGUAL EDUCATION MODELS IN LOCAL SCHOOLS: ...Steve Murdock, founding director of Rice University's Hobby Center for the Study of Texas and the state's former demographer, has projected that by the year 2040 Hispanics might make up more than 50 percent of the population in Texas as the Anglo population declines to 26 percent. His presentations have also predicted that if the educational attainment of the Hispanic population does not improve, the economy will suffer in the long run.

Texas Education, Political Leaders Lay Out State's Higher Education Challenge, Goals
From the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:  Graduation rates at public colleges and universities in Texas have increased significantly in the last 15 years, but many students are taking five or six years to graduate, can’t find jobs in their chosen fields and borrow thousands of dollars to finance their education.

Texas Supreme Court Hears Back and Forth from Attorneys in School Funding Battle
From the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Assistant Solicitor General Rance Craft asked the court to dismiss the latest school funding lawsuit — the sixth since the mid-1980s and the second since 2005 — because, though the way the Legislature funds public education is not perfect, it is working.

Rural Foard County is a Part of Texas the Boom Bypassed
From the Bryan-College Station Eagle: Each year, when the U.S. Census Bureau releases the latest population estimates, attention turns to the surging growth along the Texas Triangle — shaped by the three interstate highways connecting the state's biggest cities. But there's barely a mention of this other Texas, more than 100 counties in the east and the Panhandle, scattered across the Plains and the emptiness of the west. And this is the iconic Texas people imagine when they hear the name, where horses and cowboys are part of the landscape and the open expanses stretch off to the horizon.

Latinos Continue to Outpace State, National Population Growth
From The Dallas Morning News: “If not for the growth of Hispanic children, we would have had the largest decline in child population in U.S. history,” Murdock said. But, as an increasing number of Latino leaders are saying, the numbers are only part of the story. The socioeconomic data is the rest, and it becomes ever more important.