UT System Celebrates, Others Question "Framework"

At a tense meeting of the University of Texas System Board of Regents on Aug. 25, 2011, after several months in which the board was at the center of a tug-of-war between groups with differing approaches to higher-education reform, Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa unveiled his “Framework for Advancing Excellence.”

The policy called for strategies to improve graduation rates, lower the costs of a degree and increase the use of technology in the classroom, among other things.

Almost a year to the day after laying out his proposal, Cigarroa, during an interview in his Austin office, said, “As soon as the board ...

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