Tribpedia: Higher Education

Four Texas Colleges Reach Carnegie "Tier One" Status

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.

Four Texas universities — Texas Tech University, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas and the University of Texas at Arlington — have reached a major milestone in their quests to join the top tier of universities in the nation. 

Nobel Prize-Winning physicist Steven Weinberg told the Faculty Council at the University of Texas at Austin that he will attempt to ban guns from his classroom this fall, regardless of UT's policy.
Nobel Prize-Winning physicist Steven Weinberg told the Faculty Council at the University of Texas at Austin that he will attempt to ban guns from his classroom this fall, regardless of UT's policy.

Nobel Laureate Becomes Reluctant Anti-Gun Leader

UT-Austin Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg has emerged as a leader, albeit a reluctant one, for faculty who oppose allowing guns in their classrooms after saying he will try to prevent students who want to carry handguns from taking his courses. 

Video: Widening the High School-to-College Pipeline

At our 1/22 symposium on urban public education, John Fitzpatrick of Educate Texas talked about widening the high school-to-college pipeline with David Anthony, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas;Susan Simpson Hull, superintendent of the Grand Prairie Independent School District; Daniel King, superintendent of the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District; and William Serrata, president of the El Paso Community College District.

Stephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.
Stephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.

Nobel Laureate Professor: I'm Banning Guns in My UT Classroom

A Nobel Prize-winning physicist at the University of Texas at Austin declared Monday that he will try to ban guns from his classroom this fall, even if university rules and state law say he can't. Steven Weinberg, who won the top prize in science in 1979, said at the university's faculty council meeting that he understands the decision could leave him vulnerable to a lawsuit.

On Jan. 20, 2016, the Texas House Higher Education Committee discussed efforts to grow educational programs with University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven.
On Jan. 20, 2016, the Texas House Higher Education Committee discussed efforts to grow educational programs with University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven.

UT System Chancellor McRaven Blasts Top 10 Percent Rule

Texas should consider scrapping its top 10 percent automatic admissions rule for universities, which hurts the prestige of the University of Texas at Austin, UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven said in two separate public appearances this week.

On Jan. 20, 2016, the Texas House Higher Education Committee discussed efforts to grow educational programs with University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven.
On Jan. 20, 2016, the Texas House Higher Education Committee discussed efforts to grow educational programs with University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven.

Chancellors: University Expansion is Good for Texas

The chancellors of Texas’s top university systems defended their ambitious expansion plans to lawmakers Wednesday and some pushed back against the idea of more oversight of their growth. 

 

A conceptual rendering of the University of Texas System campus that Chancellor Bill McRaven hopes to build in Houston.
A conceptual rendering of the University of Texas System campus that Chancellor Bill McRaven hopes to build in Houston.

University Officials to Defend Expansion Plans

Be it new medical schools or far-flung campuses, pretty much every major public Texas university is looking to expand, setting the stage for some heavyweight turf battles. This week, university officials are being asked to explain their ambitious, and expensive, proposals before two key higher education policy boards. 

Texas A&M Athletic Director Eric Hyman is leaving his post after three years on the job.
Texas A&M Athletic Director Eric Hyman is leaving his post after three years on the job.

Athletic Director is Out at Texas A&M

Texas A&M Athletic Director Eric Hyman will leave his post, university officials announced Tuesday, wrapping up a stint during which A&M grew its college sports profile but at times failed to meet expectations on the field. 

 

On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.
On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.

UT-Austin Panel: Ban Guns in Dorms, But Not Classrooms

A task force at the University of Texas at Austin has recommended guns be prohibited in residence halls, at sporting events and in certain laboratories. But the suggestions, issued in a report Thursday, do not call for banning handguns in classrooms.