Tribpedia: Higher Education

McRaven Letter Takes Aim at Campus Carry

Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.
Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.

Allowing concealed weapons to be carried on college and university campuses would create "less safe" environments, University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven wrote in a letter to legislative leaders on Thursday.

Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at  Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.
Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.

Student Group Gives Texas a B+ on Higher Ed

When it comes to supporting higher education, Texas is good — but not great — according to a nonprofit group focused on economic opportunities for young adults.

A pipe at Kilgore College, where allegations of improper asbestos removal and disposal have sparked controversy.
A pipe at Kilgore College, where allegations of improper asbestos removal and disposal have sparked controversy.

Allegations About Asbestos Stir Controversy in Kilgore

Tensions at Kilgore College reached new — and possibly violent — heights in mid-November when allegations surfaced that the school was in the habit of improperly removing and disposing of asbestos from its buildings, including a hospital. Secret recordings and a gunshot now punctuate the controversy.

Texas Sen. Charles Schwertner, Dr. Brett Giroir and Gov. Rick Perry at an Ebola press conference at the Texas Capitol on Oct. 6, 2014.
Texas Sen. Charles Schwertner, Dr. Brett Giroir and Gov. Rick Perry at an Ebola press conference at the Texas Capitol on Oct. 6, 2014.

Giroir Prepping State for Ebola or Next Virus

Though Texas has weathered its first Ebola crisis, the virus is expected to return, said the new head of a state task force on infectious diseases. Brett Giroir, the CEO of the Texas A&M Health Science Center, is calling upon his unique background to prepare the state for when that happens.

Video: How Technology is Transforming Education

During a Nov. 13 event at the San Antonio Central Library, James Henson of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin led a discussion on how technology is transforming public and higher education with Kerry Ballast, director of educational technology at the Texas Education Agency; Steven Mintz, executive director of the University of Texas System's Institute for Transformational Learning; Veronica Stidvent, chancellor of Western Governors University Texas; and Brian Woods, superintendent of the Northside Independent School District.

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.

UT Looking to Make More of Massive Online Courses

At the University of Texas System, particularly at its flagship campus, "massive open online courses" are being reimagined. University leaders believe the change in focus for the courses will help them be more effective at meeting their goals.

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.

UT's Powers Calls for Rethinking How Tenure is Used

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.

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.

Regent Paul Foster at the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting Aug. 22, 2013.
Regent Paul Foster at the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting Aug. 22, 2013.

UT Board: Lawmakers May Not Observe Investigation

At a special meeting of the University of Texas System regents on Monday, the board unanimously voted to keep lawmakers out of the room during interviews for an investigation into alleged political influence in admissions at the University of Texas at Austin. 

 

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.

UT System Seeks Partnerships, Space Research in Mexico

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. The first collaborative project will involve the system's newest university in the Rio Grande Valley and that region's new SpaceX launch site.

Freshman Samantha Salas (center) hangs out with friends before going to class on the first day of school on Aug. 25, 2014, at South Texas College's Pecan Campus in McAllen.
Freshman Samantha Salas (center) hangs out with friends before going to class on the first day of school on Aug. 25, 2014, at South Texas College's Pecan Campus in McAllen.

Momentum for Four-Year Degrees at Community Colleges

Ahead of the 2015 legislative session, momentum seems to be building for more chances to earn four-year degrees at community colleges in Texas. Certain bachelor's degrees are already offered at South Texas CollegeMidland College and Brazosport College.

Keith Plantier lectures in a "Wind Safety" course at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, Texas, on July, 22, 2013. The college is placing more of an emphasis on courses that will help their students find employment in the growing number of oilfields and wind farms in West Texas.
Keith Plantier lectures in a "Wind Safety" course at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, Texas, on July, 22, 2013. The college is placing more of an emphasis on courses that will help their students find employment in the growing number of oilfields and wind farms in West Texas.

TSTC Launches Center for Employability Outcomes

With the launch of a new initiative on Monday, the Texas State Technical College System could help revolutionize how colleges align their curriculum with workforce demands and help their students match up better with employers’ needs.

 

Clockwise, from top left: State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview; University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.
Clockwise, from top left: State Rep. David Simpson, R-Longview; University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; House Speaker Joe Straus; state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie; and University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall.

Admitting Privileges Series on UT-Austin Admissions

Take a look back at our Admitting Privileges series — which focuses on the debate over lawmakers' role in the University of Texas at Austin's admissions process. You can read more higher education coverage here or subscribe to our education newsletter.

UT President Bill Powers waits at the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013
UT President Bill Powers waits at the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations on Dec. 18, 2013

Cigarroa Tells Powers to Resign or Be Fired

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa has asked University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers to resign ahead of the Board of Regents’ July 10 meeting, multiple sources confirmed to The Texas Tribune on Friday. The sources said Powers has told Cigarroa that he will not resign, but is willing to discuss a timeline for his exit.