University of Texas regents approve creation of new college to house Civitas Institute at UT-Austin

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The Civitas Institute was conceived with the help of conservative donors and state lawmakers to lead research and education based on free-market principles.

in summer 2021. The proposals showed that Patrick and multiple high-power donors were working with UT-Austin President Jay Hartzell and Eltife to create an institute “dedicated to the study and teaching of individual liberty, limited government, private enterprise and free markets” and to bring “intellectual diversity” to the flagship university in Austin.

But after Thursday’s board meeting, Hartzell said the college will work under normal protocols similar to other colleges in the university, including the role of the new college’s board of advisers in the school.

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