I am not sure where this belongs, I first thought of the "West Mall", not sure it's political so here goes. I am concerned about how our university has slipped in academic standings. Newsweek has us now as No. 18 in public universities. What is concerning is that Florida, Georgia from the SEC is now higher. I think it must be that our fair state does not value education as much as other states. Penn State and Purdue are also ranked higher. Interesting, California has a lot of schools ranked in the top 10. It must be that California has a higher tax structure to support their educational systems. You would expect Cal Berkeley yo be rank higher. However, UCLA, Cal San Diego, Cal Irvine and Cal Davis are ALL ranked higher, I guess that is why California's economy is much better than Texas. California would be the 6th biggest economy in the world if they were a separate country. Will Alabama also pass us in academic rankings? Texas is losing ground. I value my degree much more than any National Championship ring we have won.