EDUCATION: Higher Education

Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at  Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.
Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.

Four Texas Colleges Reach Carnegie "Tier One" Status

Four Texas universities — Texas Tech University, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington — have reached a major milestone in their quests to join the top tier of universities in the nation. 

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UT System Chancellor McRaven Blasts Top 10 Percent Rule

On Jan. 20, 2016, the Texas House Higher Education Committee discussed efforts to grow educational programs with University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven.
On Jan. 20, 2016, the Texas House Higher Education Committee discussed efforts to grow educational programs with University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven.

Texas should consider scrapping its top 10 percent automatic admissions rule for universities, which hurts the prestige of the University of Texas at Austin, UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven said in two separate public appearances this week.

As Universities Consider Campus Carry, Gun-Free Classrooms Seem Unlikely

Stephanie Odam of Austin advocates for a gun-free learning environment during a Modern Language Association-sponsored march on Congress Avenue Jan. 8, 2016.
Stephanie Odam of Austin advocates for a gun-free learning environment during a Modern Language Association-sponsored march on Congress Avenue Jan. 8, 2016.

Texas professors are still fighting to keep their classrooms gun free. But the state's top universities appear to be reaching a consensus that banning guns in classes will soon be illegal. 

Athletic Director is Out at Texas A&M

Texas A&M Athletic Director Eric Hyman is leaving his post after three years on the job.
Texas A&M Athletic Director Eric Hyman is leaving his post after three years on the job.

Texas A&M Athletic Director Eric Hyman will leave his post, university officials announced Tuesday, wrapping up a stint during which A&M grew its college sports profile but at times failed to meet expectations on the field.

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Chancellors: University Expansion is Good for Texas

On Jan. 20, 2016, the Texas House Higher Education Committee discussed efforts to grow educational programs with University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven.
On Jan. 20, 2016, the Texas House Higher Education Committee discussed efforts to grow educational programs with University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven.

The chancellors of Texas’s top university systems defended their ambitious expansion plans to lawmakers Wednesday and some pushed back against the idea of more oversight of their growth.