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.

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Graduation-Rates Campaign Heads to Dallas

The Texas Association of Business erected a billboard for the day in Austin highlighting the failure of colleges and universities to graduate students with degrees or certifications.
The Texas Association of Business erected a billboard for the day in Austin highlighting the failure of colleges and universities to graduate students with degrees or certifications.

A new billboard that will tower over Dallas' North Central Expressway on Monday offers a startling message on college graduation rates, an effort by a state business group to turn the spotlight on the the state's lagging higher ed outcomes.

Unregulated Colleges Stir Fears of Diploma Mills

Christopher Cone, president of Tyndale Theological Seminary & Biblical Institute, shows the atrium of their Hurst, Texas location on Monday, November 28, 2011.
Christopher Cone, president of Tyndale Theological Seminary & Biblical Institute, shows the atrium of their Hurst, Texas location on Monday, November 28, 2011.

New federal regulations have prompted state officials to revisit a 2007 Texas Supreme Court decision that some call a "key victory for Christian education" and others say could open the door to diploma mills.

UT Chancellor Meets With Obama, Higher Ed Leaders in DC

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa during a Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency hearing on Sept. 21, 2011.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa during a Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency hearing on Sept. 21, 2011.

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa was among a dozen leaders invited to the White House for a talk with President Obama about the challenges facing higher education.

Despite Cuts, Brownsville Schools Protect Chess Legacy

Brownsville's Sharp Elementary Chess Team members (L-R), Eduardo Rodriguez, 8 and Adrian Castro, 7 practice after school on Monday Nov. 15, 2011.
Brownsville's Sharp Elementary Chess Team members (L-R), Eduardo Rodriguez, 8 and Adrian Castro, 7 practice after school on Monday Nov. 15, 2011.

Budget cuts may have taken more than $30 million out of the Brownsville Independent School District’s budget for the next two years, but administrators say they are working to preserve financing for one key pot of money: the chess budget.

Saving a College With Persistence and Prose

Michael J. Sorrell, the president of Paul Quinn College photographed in his office on the Paul Quinn College campus.
Michael J. Sorrell, the president of Paul Quinn College photographed in his office on the Paul Quinn College campus.

Michael Sorrell took a pay cut to become president of Paul Quinn College during one of the rockiest patches in its 139-year history. Despite a lack of higher ed experience, he's turning it around one student at a time.