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At UT System, Plan to Expand KUT Moves Forward

University of Texas Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa during Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Tansparency on September 21st, 2011
University of Texas Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa during Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Tansparency on September 21st, 2011

The University of Texas System Board of Regents' academic affairs committee approved a revised version of an embattled proposal to have the University of Texas at Austin expand KUT, Austin's public radio station.

George E. Martin: The TT Interview

The president of St. Edward's University, a private Catholic university in Austin, on the state's primary grant program for students of private institutions, as well as the increasingly global nature of higher ed.

UT System to Establish Medical School in South Texas

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.

Amid major changes at health science centers across the state, University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa on Friday announced his intention to establish a freestanding medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.

Slideshow: Special Collections of Texas Universities

The Humanities Library at The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas in Austin, is open to anyone for research, provide they have a valid ID.
The Humanities Library at The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas in Austin, is open to anyone for research, provide they have a valid ID.

Public university libraries throughout Texas distinguish themselves by acquiring special collections that contain items that cannot be found anywhere else. Here are a few examples of what they contain.

In University Collections, Entry to History and Culture

John Young, a professor at Marshall University in West Virginia, does research at the University of Texas at Austin's Harry Ransom Center. The Ransom Center’s approximately $7 million budget, of which roughly $3.74 million comes from the university, dwarfs that of other collections throughout the state.
John Young, a professor at Marshall University in West Virginia, does research at the University of Texas at Austin's Harry Ransom Center. The Ransom Center’s approximately $7 million budget, of which roughly $3.74 million comes from the university, dwarfs that of other collections throughout the state.

For public universities in Texas that are striving to distinguish themselves — particularly those vying to be the state’s next tier-one research institution — special collections in their libraries can provide a boost.

Ubiquitous Aggies

Newly appointed Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp answers a question from the audience at TribLive on September 29, 2011.
Newly appointed Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp answers a question from the audience at TribLive on September 29, 2011.
Texas Weekly

The A&M System regents are expected to approve a resolution that will add “Texas A&M” to the name of each institution it oversees. The change is part of a massive rebranding effort, which is just one of many major changes Chancellor John Sharp has announced as he approaches his one-year anniversary on the job.

UNT Health Science Center May Combine With University

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

The University of North Texas System Board of Regents may be on the verge of combining the University of North Texas System Health Science Center in Fort Worth and its flagship institution, the University of North Texas in Denton.

Meningitis Vaccine Mandate Could Get Tweaked in 2013

Medical assistant Patricia Jaramillo holds a vial of the meningitis vaccine, August 7, 2012 in Houston at Legacy Community Health Services. Each vial contains one dose.
Medical assistant Patricia Jaramillo holds a vial of the meningitis vaccine, August 7, 2012 in Houston at Legacy Community Health Services. Each vial contains one dose.
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In 2011, Texas became the first state to mandate that all students who come onto college campuses be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. But even supporters may be pushing for a few revisions to the statute next session.