Tribpedia: Higher Ed Coordinating Board

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board advises legislators about higher education statewide and coordinates higher education services across Texas.

The Coordinating Board is responsible for compiling and analyzing legislative appropriations requests from universities statewide. It recommends formulas for funding universities and community and technical colleges.

The agency collects and analyzes financial, performance and enrollment data from higher education institutions to ...

Sam Houston State Sees Payoff With Advising Center

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A mere 30 percent of students who enroll as freshmen at Sam Houston State in Hunstville graduate in four years. But that is a big step up from where the university was a decade ago, and a nationally recognized advising center is given credit for the strides.

Texas Higher Ed Coalition Gathers in Austin

The state's higher education reform debate may have cooled, but the discussion hasn't frozen. The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education is meeting right now in Austin — and they say they're not giving up the fight.

UTEP Seeks Success Beyond Graduation Rate

The University of Texas at El Paso's graduation rates are among the worst in the state: Just 10 percent of its students get their degrees within four years. But President Diana Natalicio is adamant that the metric doesn't accurately reflect the institution.

Four-Year Graduation Rates Lag, But Do They Matter?

The four-year graduation rates at Texas' public universities are staggeringly low. State officials acknowledge the numbers are dismal and are working to improve them. But not all higher ed leaders buy into the notion that such metrics matter.

University of Houston-Victoria campus.
University of Houston-Victoria campus.

Philip Castille: The TT Interview

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The president of the University of Houston-Victoria on leaving his position in Hawaii for a campus that has been the focus of much local controversy. He talked to the Tribune about whether the university will remain in the UH System, its role in the state's higher education landscape and how it is responding to Texas' workforce needs.

University of Texas at Austin President, William Powers - Dec. 14, 2011
University of Texas at Austin President, William Powers - Dec. 14, 2011

UT's Powers Responds to Obama's Affordability Push

In a Friday morning speech at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor, President Obama addressed the issues college affordability and higher education reforms. University of Texas president Bill Powers says he supports Obama's push toward performance-based funding, but he says the devil will be in the details.

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President Trauth looks out at the campus of Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.
President Trauth looks out at the campus of Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.

Texas State Relishes New Status, Focuses on Future

Texas State University President Denise Trauth expects the institution's new emerging research classification to enhance its reputation and help in the recruitment of students and faculty. But it's also a ticket to join a race to become the state's next great public research university. And with that comes significant infusions of money.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/9/12

Tan and Root on the Texas presidential candidates returning to the state where Rick Perry started his campaign, Philpott on Perry's swipes at Mitt Romney, Ramshaw on Griffin Perry's tweets, M. Smith on the next round of fights over student testing, E. Smith's TribLive interview with Michael Quinn Sullivan, yours truly on the sliding primary election calendar, Hamilton on higher-education efforts to bolster the Texas work force, Grissom's interview with John Raley, Galbraith on the greenhouse gas wars and Aguilar on making it easier for immigrants to return to the U.S.: The best of our best content from January 9 to 13, 2012.

Students listen to their instructor, Curtis Collins, during their Pumps, Compressors and Mechanical Drives class at Texas State Technical College Waco.
Students listen to their instructor, Curtis Collins, during their Pumps, Compressors and Mechanical Drives class at Texas State Technical College Waco.

Texas Colleges Aim to Get in Sync With Labor Market

As the economy begins to show signs of life, efforts are under way at two-year colleges across Texas to make the state's higher ed offerings more responsive to the labor market. And some Texas leaders are trying to reverse the trend toward encouraging students to attain the highest degree possible.

Texas State Upgraded to Emerging Research Status

There are now eight Texas universities vying to be the state's next tier-one university. Texas State University-San Marcos has officially been reclassified as an "emerging research university," making it eligible for the state-sanctioned competition designed to grow the next great public research university in Texas.

UT-Austin Prepares for Fight Over Tuition Increases

Is UT the new Wall Street? A group of students taking their cues from the worldwide Occupy movement is preparing for a battle with University of Texas System regents over proposed tuition increases. It's the latest development in a brewing showdown that has forces from both the left and the right taking aim at university administrators.

TribYear: Top Texas News of 2011

In the spirit of TribWeek and TribMonth, we present TribYear: 10 of our best stories of 2011 — from the budget-whacking legislative session to emergency room mistakes, education accountability and a Williamson County man exonerated after spending nearly 25 years wrongfully imprisoned for his wife's murder.

Stefanie Lindquist, Interim Dean of the University of Texas School of Law with William Powers, President of The University of Texas at Austin - Dec. 14, 2011
Stefanie Lindquist, Interim Dean of the University of Texas School of Law with William Powers, President of The University of Texas at Austin - Dec. 14, 2011

UT Law School Interim Dean Prioritizes Salary Equity

Nearly a week after faculty unrest led to the sudden ousting of Dean Larry Sager from the University of Texas School of Law, his interim replacement told the Tribune one of her top priorities will be a review of faculty compensation.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 12/5/11

Root on Rick Perry's controversial new ad, Tan on the fallout, Aaronson's map of where the food stamps go, my interview with Stephen Colbert's campaign finance lawyer, Aguilar on the drop in the number of illegal immigrants crossing into Texas, Hamilton on the growth of unregulated colleges, Galbraith's interview with S. David Freeman on the environmental failures of public power, Grissom on the newest state agency and and Hamilton and M. Smith on a sudden change at the top of UT's law school: The best of our best content from December 5 to 9, 2011.

Christopher Cone, president of Tyndale Theological Seminary & Biblical Institute, shows the atrium of their Hurst, Texas location on Monday, November 28, 2011.
Christopher Cone, president of Tyndale Theological Seminary & Biblical Institute, shows the atrium of their Hurst, Texas location on Monday, November 28, 2011.

Unregulated Colleges Stir Fears of Diploma Mills

New federal regulations have prompted state officials to revisit a 2007 Texas Supreme Court decision that some call a "key victory for Christian education." Others say the case could open the door to diploma mills, with institutions allowed to grant degrees without approval from the state or a recognized accrediting body.

For Some University Presidents, Being Private Pays

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David Leebron of Rice University is the state's highest-paid president of a private college, pulling down more than $1.5 million in 2009, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Five other private college or university presidents in Texas made more than $800,000.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/28/11

Aaronson maps the growth of poverty in Texas, Aguilar on the suicide of an illegal immigrant, Galbraith on the prospect of more rolling blackouts, Grissom on a prosecutor's memory lapse, Hamilton on the prospect of public universities undergoing a sunset review, Murphy's latest awesome redistricting interactive, Ramsey on a stumbling start to the 2012 election season, Root on Rick Perry's latest populist tirade, M. Smith on the boom in for-profit teacher certification programs and Tan on the fight against cervical cancer in ... Africa: The best of our best content from November 28 to December 2, 2011.

Michael J. Sorrell, the president of Paul Quinn College photographed in his office on the Paul Quinn College campus.
Michael J. Sorrell, the president of Paul Quinn College photographed in his office on the Paul Quinn College campus.

Saving a College With Persistence and Prose

Michael Sorrell took a pay cut to become president of Paul Quinn College during one of the rockiest patches in the private, religiously affiliated, historically black institution's 139-year history. Despite a lack of higher ed experience, he's turning it around one student at a time.

Mark Milliron: The TT Interview

The first chancellor of WGU Texas — the state’s new nonprofit, online university — on his new position, how WGU Texas is different from the national Western Governors University, founded in 1997 by the governors of 19 states including Texas, and the future of online education.

UT Faculty Productivity Gets High Marks in New Report

Despite the arguments of critics in recent months, Marc Musick, the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Liberal Arts associate dean of student affairs, makes the case in a new faculty productivity report that his institution provides “an incredible return on investment for the state.”