EDUCATION: Higher Education

UT Looking to Make More of Massive Online Courses

University of Texas at Austin professor Michael Webber discusses the next steps for his Energy 101 massive open online course during a meeting with the design team at UT-Austin on Oct. 13, 2014.
University of Texas at Austin professor Michael Webber discusses the next steps for his Energy 101 massive open online course during a meeting with the design team at UT-Austin on Oct. 13, 2014.

At the University of Texas System, "massive open online courses" are being reimagined. University leaders believe that the shift will provide them with a more effective tool in meeting their goals.

The Brief: An Unanticipated Consequence of New Abortion Law

A day after a federal appeals court allowed Texas to begin enforcing new abortion restrictions, a group protested the ruling on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol building.
A day after a federal appeals court allowed Texas to begin enforcing new abortion restrictions, a group protested the ruling on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol building.

New abortion restrictions passed by the Legislature could lead to one unexpected result: more abortions performed in doctors' offices as the number of abortion clinics in the state drops to single digits.

Could Work-Study Jobs, Section 8 Housing Help Students?

Gov. Rick Perry and Juliet García of the University of Texas at Brownsville at a signing ceremony on July 16, 2013, for the merger of UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American.
Gov. Rick Perry and Juliet García of the University of Texas at Brownsville at a signing ceremony on July 16, 2013, for the merger of UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American.

Longtime University of Texas at Brownsville President Juliet García is proposing two new ways to increase retention and completion among at-risk students: offering them Section 8 housing and tying federal financial aid to on-campus jobs. 

 

UT's Powers Calls for Rethinking How Tenure is Used

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers at a UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin on Dec. 12, 2013.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers at a UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin on Dec. 12, 2013.

In his state of the university address on Monday, University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers called for rethinking who gets tenure, a topic he acknowledged was something of a "third rail for discussion" in academic circles.