EDUCATION: Higher Education

UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster as UT Regents study tuition increases on May 14, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster as UT Regents study tuition increases on May 14, 2014.

Regents "Strongly Disagree" With Moody's Report

UPDATED: Two members of the University of Texas System Board of Regents on Tuesday said they were "disappointed" with a Moody's Investors Service analysis that determined recent conflicts within the system — including a legislative censure of Regent Wallace Hall — were "credit negative." 

 

The University of Texas System Board of Regents names former University of Alabama president Dr. Guy Bailey as finalist for UTRGV president. April 28, 2014
The University of Texas System Board of Regents names former University of Alabama president Dr. Guy Bailey as finalist for UTRGV president. April 28, 2014

In Final Months, Cigarroa Rises to His Own Defense

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, in his final months on the job, is taking on critics, including the head of the Association of American Universities, in an effort, he said, to correct the record.

The Brief: Aug. 15, 2014

One of the most intractable questions in Texas politics in recent years is why the state hasn't moved blue despite drastic demographic changes. A new analysis from The New York Times sheds new light on why this is so.

In Final Months, Cigarroa Rises to His Own Defense

The University of Texas System Board of Regents names former University of Alabama president Dr. Guy Bailey as finalist for UTRGV president. April 28, 2014
The University of Texas System Board of Regents names former University of Alabama president Dr. Guy Bailey as finalist for UTRGV president. April 28, 2014

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, in his final months on the job, is taking on critics, including the head of the Association of American Universities, in an effort, he said, to correct the record.

The Brief: Aug. 15, 2014

One of the most intractable questions in Texas politics in recent years is why the state hasn't moved blue despite drastic demographic changes. A new analysis from The New York Times sheds new light on why this is so.

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Transparency Committee Votes to Censure Hall

State Rep. Dan Flynn (right), R-Van, talks to state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, on Oct. 23, 2013. Van is co-chair of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, whose members include Fischer.
State Rep. Dan Flynn (right), R-Van, talks to state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, on Oct. 23, 2013. Van is co-chair of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, whose members include Fischer.

UPDATED: In a 6-1 vote Monday, the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations voted to censure University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.

The Brief: July 29, 2014

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.

At a special University of Texas System regents meeting on Tuesday evening, they are expected to name a sole finalist for the system's next chancellor. And their choice is expected to be Admiral William H. McRaven.

UT System Expected to Name New Chancellor on Tuesday

The Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013 at Ashbell Smith Hall.
The Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013 at Ashbell Smith Hall.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, when they are expected to name the sole finalist to be the system's next chancellor. Sources with knowledge of the search told the Tribune that Admiral William H. McRaven is likely to be chosen.

During 40-Year Run, College President Has Made His Mark

Sam Monroe, the president of Lamar State College-Port Arthur, is shown on July 8, 2014. The state's longest-serving college president is stepping down in August after 40 years at the helm.
Sam Monroe, the president of Lamar State College-Port Arthur, is shown on July 8, 2014. The state's longest-serving college president is stepping down in August after 40 years at the helm.

When Sam Monroe steps down next month as president of Lamar State College-Port Arthur, a two-year school in Southeast Texas, he will conclude the state’s longest tenure for a president of a higher education institution.

The Brief: July 17, 2014

Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis addresses delegates at the Black Caucus at the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, June 27, 2014.
Texas gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis addresses delegates at the Black Caucus at the 2014 Texas Democratic Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, June 27, 2014.

Wendy Davis' fundraising figures from Tuesday that showed her raising slightly more money than her GOP rival for governor are now being questioned.

Co-Chair: Transparency Committee "Very Close" to Consensus on Hall

State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, co-chair of the House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, is shown calling an executive session on May, 12, 2014.
State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, co-chair of the House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, is shown calling an executive session on May, 12, 2014.

After a lengthy hearing on Wednesday, a co-chair of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations said members were "very close" to reaching a consensus on what to do about UT Regent Wallace Hall.

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Analysis: Culture Shock and UT's New Hires

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.

A common thread is evident in the latest hires at the University of Texas System and at its flagship: The new leaders are disciplined and accustomed to enforcing their rules.

UT System Set to Name New Chancellor Today

Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.
Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.

At a special meeting via telephone Tuesday evening, the University of Texas System Board of Regents is expected to name the system's next chancellor. Sources told the Tribune that Admiral William H. McRaven is expected to get the gig.

Technical College System Looks to Break Mold on Workforce Development

Keith Plantier lectures in a "Wind Safety" course at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, Texas, on July, 22, 2013. The college is placing more of an emphasis on courses that will help their students find employment in the growing number of oilfields and wind farms in West Texas.
Keith Plantier lectures in a "Wind Safety" course at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, Texas, on July, 22, 2013. The college is placing more of an emphasis on courses that will help their students find employment in the growing number of oilfields and wind farms in West Texas.

With the launch of a new initiative on Monday, the Texas State Technical College System could help revolutionize how colleges align their curriculum with workforce demands and help their students match up better with employers’ needs.