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Perry's $10,000 Degree Challenge Spreads to Florida

Gov. Rick Perry, speaks at the site in Jonestown, Texas, where volunteers will build a home for injured war veteran Augustine "Augie" Pena.
Gov. Rick Perry, speaks at the site in Jonestown, Texas, where volunteers will build a home for injured war veteran Augustine "Augie" Pena.

Even in gubernatorial circles, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Just ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who recently announced a $10,000 degree challenge modeled after the approach of his Texas counterpart, Gov. Rick Perry.

UT-Austin Med School Plans Proceed After Election

First year resident Karthik Mekala, MD, watches Chief Maryam Ayaz, MD, check on a patient at UMC Brackenridge.
First year resident Karthik Mekala, MD, watches Chief Maryam Ayaz, MD, check on a patient at UMC Brackenridge.

With affirmation from voters, little stands between the University of Texas at Austin and its desired medical school except hard work and collaboration. It could open as early as 2015, though leaders say 2016 is probably more realistic.

If There's a Way, There's a Will to Regulate Tuition

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Since its deregulation in 2003, the average cost of tuition and fees at public Texas universities has increased by 90 percent. Some lawmakers are hoping the 2013 session will provide a chance to once again regulate the price of higher education.

UT Law's Forgivable Loans to Faculty "Not Appropriate"

The process Larry Sager, the UT law school's former dean, used to secure a $500,000 loan for himself was not transparent and created "an impression of self-dealing that cannot be condoned," according to a report released Tuesday. 

UT System May Construct $100 Million Austin Office

UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.
UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents will meet this week and consider, among many things, whether to approve the construction of a system office building in downtown Austin that is projected to cost $102,417,000.

Texas State Chancellor Faces Anxieties at Sul Ross

Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, and Ricardo Maestas, president of Sul Ross State University, during a joint interview at Marfa Public Radio in Marfa, TX.
Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, and Ricardo Maestas, president of Sul Ross State University, during a joint interview at Marfa Public Radio in Marfa, TX.

Anxieties about the future of Sul Ross State University are on the rise in Alpine, and Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall is countering arguments that another system might be a better fit.

TribCast: 2012 Post-Election Wrap

Evan, Reeve, Emily and Jim review the winners and losers of the 2012 election cycle and look ahead to what it all means for Texas, particularly with regard to the 2014 gubernatorial race.

Congressional Roundup: Gallego Closely Defeats Canseco

Pete Gallego makes his acceptance speech accompanied by his wife, Maria Elena and son, Nicolas, 8,  during the district 23 victory party at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in south San Antonio, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
Pete Gallego makes his acceptance speech accompanied by his wife, Maria Elena and son, Nicolas, 8, during the district 23 victory party at Don Pedro Mexican Restaurant in south San Antonio, Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, is headed from the Texas House to the U.S. House after narrowly defeating Republican U.S. Rep Francisco “Quico” Canseco in the state's expensive congressional race.

Texas A&M System Launches EmpowerU Website

Chancellor of the Texas A&M System John Sharp discusses conference realignment with Evan Smith at TribLive on September 29, 2011.
Chancellor of the Texas A&M System John Sharp discusses conference realignment with Evan Smith at TribLive on September 29, 2011.
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On Monday morning, Texas A&M University System officials will unveil EmpowerU, their new accountability website designed to gather comprehensive data on all system institutions and package it in a user-friendly manner online.