EDUCATION: Higher Education

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

Nicole Guidotti-Hernández: The TT Interview

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, how it fits into the state's political conversation and what jobs its graduates will likely get.

Chairman Gene Powell gavels in the meeting April 10, 2013 where the UT Board of Regents voted to turn over records to lawmakers regarding the Law School Foundation.
Chairman Gene Powell gavels in the meeting April 10, 2013 where the UT Board of Regents voted to turn over records to lawmakers regarding the Law School Foundation.

The Brief: Sept. 16, 2014

University of Texas System regents moved quickly Monday to keep two lawmakers from sitting in on interviews conducted by an external investigator into admissions procedures at the system's flagship Austin campus.

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.

The Brief: Sept. 15, 2014

At stake, according to a posted agenda for today's meeting of the UT System regents, is "the integrity and independence" of an external investigation of admissions procedures.

The Brief: Sept. 16, 2014

Chairman Gene Powell gavels in the meeting April 10, 2013 where the UT Board of Regents voted to turn over records to lawmakers regarding the Law School Foundation.
Chairman Gene Powell gavels in the meeting April 10, 2013 where the UT Board of Regents voted to turn over records to lawmakers regarding the Law School Foundation.

University of Texas System regents moved quickly Monday to keep two lawmakers from sitting in on interviews conducted by an external investigator into admissions procedures at the system's flagship Austin campus.

The Brief: Sept. 15, 2014

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.

At stake, according to a posted agenda for today's meeting of the UT System regents, is "the integrity and independence" of an external investigation of admissions procedures.

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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 Pursues Partnerships, Space Research with 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. 

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. 

 

 

UT System Regents Consider Campus Budget Relief

UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa listens to Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster at the meeting on May 14, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa listens to Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster at the meeting on May 14, 2014.

The UT System Board of Regents will spend the next two days hammering out the details on several key initiatives — including how to keep tuition flat and find a new president for the flagship university. 

Regents "Strongly Disagree" With Moody's Report

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.

UPDATED: Two members of the UT System Board of Regents on Tuesday said they were "disappointed" with a Moody's Investors Service analysis that determined recent conflicts within the system were "credit negative." 

 

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.

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The Brief: Sept. 3, 2014

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.

Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on Tuesday reaffirmed the watchdog role of the Public Integrity Unit while also defending his agency's investigation of a Houston voter registration group in 2010.

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.

 

 

The Brief: Sept. 2, 2014

Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee for governor, will spend his first day on the campaign trail after Labor Day unveiling a proposal to make it easier for students to get college credit for taking certain types of online courses.

The Brief: Aug. 27, 2014

Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis addresses supporters before they canvass for her in East Austin.
Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis addresses supporters before they canvass for her in East Austin.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis released her full 2013 tax return on Tuesday, changing course after previously not allowing the document to be shared or published in full.