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Remade Higher Ed Board Reaching Out to Universities

Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes at the Texas Capitol as Governor Rick Perry signs several education-related bills in ceremonies on June 10, 2013.
Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes at the Texas Capitol as Governor Rick Perry signs several education-related bills in ceremonies on June 10, 2013.
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After surviving a difficult sunset review process, a somewhat remade Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is reaching out to improve its relationships with the state's university systems.

Prepping for National Role, Powers Talks Higher Ed Future

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers spoke on June 24, 2013, about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Fisher v. UT-Austin.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers spoke on June 24, 2013, about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Fisher v. UT-Austin.

At his annual "State of the University" address on Wednesday, UT-Austin President Bill Powers talked about the future of higher education as he prepares to lead one of the most elite national higher education organizations.

Biosecurity Leader to Head A&M Health Science Center

Flanked by A&M Chancellor John Sharp, l, and Gov. Rick Perry, Dr. Brett Giroir, M.D. of the Texas A&M System at the vaccine research lab announcement on March 26, 2013.
Flanked by A&M Chancellor John Sharp, l, and Gov. Rick Perry, Dr. Brett Giroir, M.D. of the Texas A&M System at the vaccine research lab announcement on March 26, 2013.

After landing a major federal contract as Texas A&M University System’s vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, Brett Giroir is being named interim executive vice president for the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

UT Rolls Out New Approach to Massive Online Courses

University of Texas at Austin Psychology professors Dr. Sam Gosling and Dr. Jamie Pennebaker discuss their synchronized massive online course for Psych 301, moments before streaming live from a studio on campus for the first time.
University of Texas at Austin Psychology professors Dr. Sam Gosling and Dr. Jamie Pennebaker discuss their synchronized massive online course for Psych 301, moments before streaming live from a studio on campus for the first time.

The University of Texas is rolling out new learning opportunities for non-UT students this semester. In addition to four massive open online courses — or MOOCs — it will have two synchronous massive online courses, or SMOCs.