EDUCATION: Higher Education

The Brief: Is There an Endgame on the Border Surge?

Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.
Gov. Perry and DPS Director Steve McCraw, speak to media following a tour to a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children in Weslaco, Texas June 23rd, 2014. The state is providing $1.3 million per week to commence surge operations to help combat crime along the border.

State leaders seem reluctant to break out the "Mission Accomplished" banner on the border surge even though apprehensions of illegal immigrants have hit a target goal laid out in July.

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.

The Brief: UT Regents Shut Door on Lawmaker Involvement in Probe

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: Legislators Want Seat at Table In New UT Investigation

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.

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.