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 ...

Unregulated Colleges Stir Fears of Diploma Mills

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.

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.”

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/7/11

Ramshaw and Root on the debate that dominated the nation's political news, Tan and Ramshaw on how it will affect Rick Perry's campaign, Philpott on what "oops" might mean for Perry in South Carolina, Root on what it means in Iowa, Dehn with the latest Weekend Insider video, Galbraith on the split fates of water-related constitutional amendments, Grissom on an arrest in a 1986 murder case, Hamilton on UT-Arlington's efforts to control tuition costs and M. Smith, Murphy and Gerdau on West Texas schools raising money with wind farms: The best of our best content from November 7 to 11, 2011.

For-Profits See Opportunity in Texas Higher Ed Woes

Not every sector of higher education in Texas looks out at the current landscape — the declining state support to public institutions, disappointing graduation rates, and questions about productivity and efficiency — with concern. Some private, for-profit institutions see opportunity.

Jim Spaniolo, president of the University of Texas at Arlington.
Jim Spaniolo, president of the University of Texas at Arlington.

Despite Cuts, UT-Arlington Won't Increase Tuition

Despite shrinking state support, University of Texas at Arlington President Jim Spaniolo signaled on Tuesday that his school would not raise tuition in the upcoming 2012-2013 academic year. It could be just a temporary respite, however.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/31/11

The latest UT/TT Poll on the 2012 race and other issues, Root on Herman Cain's stumble, Ramshaw and Titus on Texas Republicans who don't support Perry, Murphy maps presidential fundraising in Texas, Philpott on changing the constitution for parks and education, Hamilton on a case of higher ed separation anxiety, Grissom on the state's breakup with a death penalty witness, Galbraith on a congressman's search for a big leak, Aguilar on the Border Patrol's effort to operate in environmentally protected areas and Aaronson on a dramatic drop in government employment in Texas: The best of our best content from October 31 to November 4, 2011.

Students cross a bridge over a resaca on the University of Texas Brownsville and Texas Southmost College campuses on Monday.
Students cross a bridge over a resaca on the University of Texas Brownsville and Texas Southmost College campuses on Monday.

UT-Brownsville, Texas Southmost Face Difficult Breakup

As the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, which have operated as one institution for 20 years, prepare to separate, major questions loom: Who owns the furniture and buildings? For whom do professors work? And if TSC students remain the "Scorpions," what will UT-Brownsville students be? 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/24/11

Galbraith and Collier on the drought's economic impact, Grissom on the latest in the Morton and Skinner cases, Murphy on spending by Ron Paul's presidential campaign, Philpott on Rick Perry's plans for Social Security, Ramsey on the dirty little secret about dropouts, Ramshaw on how Perry and his staff downplayed allegations of abuse at state centers for the disabled, Root on Perry's flirtation with birtherism, M. Smith on GOP candidates making public ed their focus and Tan and Hamilton on why students who are in Texas illegally can get access to state financial aid: The best of our best content from October 24 to 28, 2011.

UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.
UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.

Texas Regents' Potential Conflicts to Be Scrutinized

Legislators and other concerned groups are preparing for a thorough review of the conflict of interest policies — or lack of policies — that apply to regents of the state’s public university systems.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/17/11

Hamilton on efforts to boost faculty productivity, Grissom on newly uncovered evidence in an old murder case, Galbraith on a wind-powered construction boom, Dehn unfurls the new Texas Tribune Weekend Insider, Aguilar on this year's record number of deportations, Ramshaw and Tan on budget cuts and cervical cancer screenings, M. Smith on local control over student grades, Root and Ramshaw on Rick Perry's latest debate performance, Philpott on an issue that didn't get its due in that debate and Titus and Murphy on fundraising and spending in congressional races: The best of our best content from October 17 to 21, 2011.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 102

This week on the TribCast, Ross, Reeve, Kate, and Emily discuss the recent GOP debate, drought and wildfire preparedness, and the future of Texas higher education.

Does Texas Higher Education Have a Morale Problem?

It's not so much the new accountability requirements that rub professors the wrong way. It's the tone behind them. And it's not only a UT and A&M problem. Some say efforts to boost productivity at all levels of higher education threaten to cause a statewide faculty morale problem with serious longterm consequences.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/10/11

Aaronson interactively asks if stimulus funds created jobs in Texas, Aguilar on new voter registrar rules that could decrease voter turnout, Galbraith on a UT professor's debunking of climate change "myths," Grissom on an epic clash of El Paso political titans, Hamilton on the right's new higher ed guru, Murphy maps household data from the 2010 Census, Ramsey on a coming rules fight in the Texas Senate, Root and M. Smith on Rick Perry's performance at the New Hampshire debate and M. Smith talks public ed cuts with the state's Superintendent of the Year: The best of our best content from October 10-14, 2011.

A Public Higher Ed Confab With a Private-Sector Vibe

At a swanky invitation-only higher education conference put on by a for-profit education technology company, a parade of famous speakers — from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair — extolled the virtues of incorporating technology into higher ed.