Reeve Hamilton Reporter

Reeve Hamilton covers higher education and politics for The Texas Tribune and hosts the Tribune's weekly podcast. His writing has also appeared in Texas Monthly and The Texas Observer. Born in Houston and raised in Massachusetts, he has a bachelor's degree in English from Vanderbilt University.

Recent Contributions

University Responses to Bomb Threats Undergo Scrutiny

UT freshmen Utkarsh Paul (l), Joesph Zukis (c) and Jorge Mathuta (r) were evacuated from their dorms after receiving a text message from UT warning them of a possible threat. (September 14, 2012)
UT freshmen Utkarsh Paul (l), Joesph Zukis (c) and Jorge Mathuta (r) were evacuated from their dorms after receiving a text message from UT warning them of a possible threat. (September 14, 2012)

In the last several days, multiple universities, including two in Texas, have received bomb threats. The different responses highlight the individual nature of each case and raise questions of how best to go about warning a campus.

Migrant Education Program Reaches Milestone at St. Ed's

Jazmine Hernandez (left) and her cousin Alfonso Lucio are in their freshman year at St. Edward's University in Austin. They are among 42 freshmen entering St. Edward’s this year through the federal College Assistance Migrant Program.
Jazmine Hernandez (left) and her cousin Alfonso Lucio are in their freshman year at St. Edward's University in Austin. They are among 42 freshmen entering St. Edward’s this year through the federal College Assistance Migrant Program.

The federal College Assistance Migrant Program started in 1972 at four colleges, two of which were in Texas. Of those four, only St. Edward's University in Austin has kept the program in continuous operation for 40 years.

In New College Algebra Approach, Computers Take Over

University of Texas at Arlington students work on college algebra in the university's new "math emporium" on Aug. 29, 2012.
University of Texas at Arlington students work on college algebra in the university's new "math emporium" on Aug. 29, 2012.

In an effort to address lagging student success in required algebra courses, the University of Texas at Arlington is taking an approach that is becoming more common throughout the country: letting computers do the teaching.

UT System Celebrates, Others Question "Framework"

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left), is congratulated by Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, after the regents gave Cigarroa a vote of confidence on May 12, 2011.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left), is congratulated by Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, after the regents gave Cigarroa a vote of confidence on May 12, 2011.

After one year, University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Board Chairman Gene Powell are proud of the progress they've made on their "Framework for Advancing Excellence," even as others begin to question it.

Reeling in the Medical Schools

University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth.
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth.
Texas Weekly

Public research universities around the state are looking to absorb medical schools, which represents a break from Texas' traditional set up and may require some major legislative changes. But only if they can make the funding work.

Two Chancellors Reflect on a Year of Higher Ed Reform

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa and Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa and Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall

This week, both Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, and Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of the University of Texas System, celebrated the one-year anniversaries of their plans for reforming their systems.