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Ousted From Chair, Zaffirini Keeps Eye on Colleges

Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, speaks to reporters on Oct. 4, 2012. She was replaced as the Senate Higher Education Committee chair.
Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, speaks to reporters on Oct. 4, 2012. She was replaced as the Senate Higher Education Committee chair.

After losing her role as chairwoman of the Senate Higher Education Committee, state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, said she is "not disheartened" and will continue to make higher education a priority.

Branch Calls for More Outcomes-Based Higher Ed Funding

Rep. Dan Branch R-Dallas, speaks with Rep. Todd Hunter R-Corpus Christi and Rep. Tom Craddick R-Midland on House floor during budget debate April 1st, 2011
Rep. Dan Branch R-Dallas, speaks with Rep. Todd Hunter R-Corpus Christi and Rep. Tom Craddick R-Midland on House floor during budget debate April 1st, 2011
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Gov. Rick Perry on Monday renewed a call for 10 percent of state higher education funding to be based on institutions' graduation totals. House Higher Ed Chairman Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, wants to take that proposal even further.

Like $10,000 Degree, Perry Tuition Plan May Not Fit All

Texas Science Scholar Wesley Powers, a junior chemistry major from Midland, Texas, works on a 3-hour-long lab experiment at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas. Powers is obtaining his chemistry degree in order to attend pharmacy school.
Texas Science Scholar Wesley Powers, a junior chemistry major from Midland, Texas, works on a 3-hour-long lab experiment at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa, Texas. Powers is obtaining his chemistry degree in order to attend pharmacy school.

As with Gov. Rick Perry’s $10,000 degree proposal, his latest call for reducing the price of college — locking in tuition for four years — may prove difficult to implement uniformly in a state as diverse as Texas.

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.

Texas Universities Hold Steady in U.S. News Rankings

Texas A&M University, the University of Texas and Rice University
Texas A&M University, the University of Texas and Rice University

For the second year in a row, Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin are the only Texas institutions in the top 50 national institutions in U.S. News & World Report's latest college rankings.

John Courage: The TT Interview

John Courage
John Courage

The Democratic candidate for SD-25, widely viewed as an underdog to Republican Donna Campbell, explains why he thinks he can win, why he's running and what he hopes to do in office.