In your opinion, what type of university will TSU be in the next five years and the next 10 years and how are you moving strategically to move the university to the next level?


Lane: When we look out five years after talking about all the targets and the goals and benchmarks that we’re setting in reference to persistence and completion for our students to speak to our number one priority, which is student success and completion, I see in the next five years in addition to the special purpose designation for urban programming, us becoming this “communiversity.” That’s the new model. That’s the future model.

Institutions of higher education, particularly historically Black institutions in urban environments have to be connected to the community. That means that we have to have a tie-in to the corporations. We have to have a tie-in to the independent school districts. We have to have a tie-in to the social agencies that are here. We have to have a connection to our churches. We have to have a connection to our news media outlets so that way our stories are being told in a way that has both sides being portrayed.

Texas Southern in my time at least, in my opinion, if we can work on this together we’ll be that communiversity where it provides access, it provides opportunities for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, first in their family to go to college, to change their trajectory in terms of their financial positioning within this country. To create that new minority middle class, is what we are trying to get accomplished through this communiversity modeI. I think if we’re able to do that we’re all successful.

DEFENDER NEWSPAPER CENTERFOLD: June 15, 2017 [See e-edition]

Dr. Lane discusses TSU’s competitiveness, enrollment and 5 percent graduation rate.

Video Interview Schedule on

Mon., June 12:  Will TSU merge with a system?

Tues., June 13:  Board of Regents challenges

Wed., June 14:  Plans for budget/personnel cuts & finance 

Thurs., June 15:  Community Building Plan

Fri., June 16:  TSU 5% graduation rate

Sat., June 17:  Five-year vision for TSU

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