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Nicole Guidotti-Hernández: The TT Interview

Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, the chairwoman of UT-Austin's Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies
Nicole Guidotti-Hernández, the chairwoman of UT-Austin's Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies

The chairwoman of the new Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, which has been heralded as the first of its kind, talks about why it was created and what jobs its graduates will likely get.

UT Board: Lawmakers May Not Observe Investigation

Regent Paul Foster at the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting Aug. 22, 2013.
Regent Paul Foster at the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting Aug. 22, 2013.

At a special meeting of the University of Texas System regents on Monday, the board unanimously voted to keep lawmakers out of the room during an investigation into alleged political influence in admissions at UT-Austin. 

 

 

Lawmakers Seek to Sit In on Investigation of UT-Austin

Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio, in legislative action at the Texas Capitol during the 83rd Legislative Session in the spring and summer of 2013.
Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio, in legislative action at the Texas Capitol during the 83rd Legislative Session in the spring and summer of 2013.

State Reps. Trey Martinez Fischer and Lyle Larson say they intend to attend all interviews conducted during an external investigation of UT-Austin's admissions process. It's not clear yet whether they'll be allowed. 

 

UT System Seeks Partnerships, Space Research in Mexico

A student works on the campus of what is currently the University of Texas at Brownsville. Next year, it will officially become a part of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.
A student works on the campus of what is currently the University of Texas at Brownsville. Next year, it will officially become a part of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

University of Texas System officials are preparing to sign an agreement with the Mexican government to encourage more student exchanges and faculty collaboration across the border, and to launch a space-related research project. 

Wallace Hall Case Will Come Before Grand Jury

Regent Wallace L. Hall, Jr. of the University of Texas System at the regular meeting of the Board on May 15, 2014
Regent Wallace L. Hall, Jr. of the University of Texas System at the regular meeting of the Board on May 15, 2014

UT System Regent Wallace Hall said Thursday that he was "comfortable" with his actions being investigated by the Travis County district attorney's office, which has confirmed that it will put the case before a grand jury soon.

Abbott Lays Out Full Higher Ed Plan

GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott speaking at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August 9, 2014.
GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott speaking at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August 9, 2014.

UPDATED: Implementing outcomes-based funding for universities and requiring public institutions to give college credit for scores of 3 or higher on AP exams were among the higher ed proposals laid out by Greg Abbott on Tuesday.

 

 

Momentum for Four-Year Degrees at Community Colleges

Freshman Samantha Salas (center) hangs out with friends before going to class on the first day of school on Aug. 25, 2014, at South Texas College's Pecan Campus in McAllen.
Freshman Samantha Salas (center) hangs out with friends before going to class on the first day of school on Aug. 25, 2014, at South Texas College's Pecan Campus in McAllen.

Ahead of the 2015 legislative session, momentum seems to be building for more chances to earn four-year degrees at community colleges in Texas.

Zaffirini Named Co-Chair of Oversight Committee Again

Sen. Judith Zaffirini D-Laredo, holds up chart during testimony by state auditors regarding CPRIT at Senate finance committee hearing on February 5th, 2013
Sen. Judith Zaffirini D-Laredo, holds up chart during testimony by state auditors regarding CPRIT at Senate finance committee hearing on February 5th, 2013

Outgoing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has named state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, co-chair of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency — after replacing her in 2013.  

McRaven Named Next UT System Chancellor

Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.
Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, was named the sole finalist to be chancellor of the University of Texas System on July 29, 2014. McRaven holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

It's official: Admiral William H. McRaven, the head of the U.S. Special Operations Command, is the next chancellor of the University of Texas System. His annual salary? $1.2 million.