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      Texas A&M to expand liberal arts program

      COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - Texas A&M University is expanding its College of Liberal Arts by about 10 percent, leading to the largest hiring campaign in the program's history.

      The Bryan Eagle reports the college wants 19 new tenured professors and another 15 assistant professors. College dean Jose Luis Bermudez says the staff will expand from about 330 to 364 people and ultimately he hopes to have more than 400 on his staff.

      Bermudez says all the departments will grow. He plans to spend about $3.5 million to fill the posts and plans to have the staff in place by the 2014 academic year.

      Bermudez says the hires will lower the college's current 17-1 student-to-teacher ratio, allowing it to "give students individual attention and to be more active participants in class."

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      Information from: The Eagle, http://www.theeagle.com

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