Tribpedia: Higher Education

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/26/11

Aaronson on the shrinking of state government, Aguilar on the controversy over in-state tuition for the children of undocumented immigrants, Galbraith on Rick Perry vs. the EPA, Grissom on a startling development in a 25-year-old murder case, Hamilton on Ken Starr's first year as president of Baylor, Ramsey on what inmates have to do with redistricting, Ramshaw on the state's crisis in insurance coverage, Root on Perry's presidential grind dance and Smith on obstacles to addressing childhood obesity: The best of our best content from Sept. 26-30, 2011.

TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.
TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr.

Victor Boschini: The TT Interview

TCU's 10th chancellor on the concerns of independent institutions in Texas, why it's worth paying a high price for private higher education, and — to a very limited extent — the turmoil convulsing the college athletic conferences.

Public & Higher Education at The Texas Tribune Festival

We'll be liveblogging throughout the weekend from The Texas Tribune Festival's public and higher education track — which includes panels on the role research should play at state universities, how to pay for public education, why teacher accountability matters and what's next for the controversial State Board of Education.

Rep. Dan Branch R-Dallas and Sen. Judith Zaffirini D-Laredo, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Transparency during meeting on September 21st, 2011
Rep. Dan Branch R-Dallas and Sen. Judith Zaffirini D-Laredo, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Transparency during meeting on September 21st, 2011

Higher Ed Oversight Committee Revisits "Solutions"

The day-long inaugural hearing of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency featured national experts weighing in on how to — and how not to — make universities in Texas more accountable and transparent.

Watson Outlines Plan for Medical School in Austin

In a much-anticipated speech this afternoon to the Real Estate Council of Austin, state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, outlined his plan for the development of a medical school in Austin. Such an institution could bring jobs, improved health care, and a better quality of life to the region, but previous efforts have struggled to get off the ground.  

University of Texas President Bill Powers announces UT's commitment to the Big 12 Conference.
University of Texas President Bill Powers announces UT's commitment to the Big 12 Conference.

UT President Given Power to Tackle Conference Issue

The University of Texas System regents today gave UT President Bill Powers the authority to take any necessary actions regarding conference realignment, another step in the university's possible departure from the Big 12. Hours earlier, Oklahoma University regents granted their president the same authority.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/12/11

Aaronson on the rise in the state's unemployment rate, Aguilar on the push to mandate use of an electronic employment verification program, Galbraith on fears about the drought's impact on lake levels, Grissom on the latest in the Duane Buck case, Hamilton on the possible end of physics (academically speaking), Murphy updates our public employee pay app, Ramsey on David "Mitt" Dewhurst, Ramshaw on Rick Perry's campaign swing through Virginia and Iowa, Root on the deletion of gubernatorial emails and M. Smith on the teaching of safe sex where you'd least expect it: The best of our best content from Sept. 12-16, 2011.

Former Texas Tech football coach, Mike Leach - September 15, 2011.
Former Texas Tech football coach, Mike Leach - September 15, 2011.

Mike Leach: The TT Interview

The former Texas Tech football coach on his pending lawsuit against the university, how the state's doing at educating student athletes and what happens if the Big 12 falls apart.

Carlos Handy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics  at Texas Southern University, teach a Physics 2 class in Houston Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
Carlos Handy, Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics at Texas Southern University, teach a Physics 2 class in Houston Wednesday, September 14, 2011.

Budget Woes, Calls for Efficiency Imperil Physics

Budget cuts have placed a premium on efficiency-boosting measures, which is why the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is working to eliminate degree programs with low enrollment — like physics. Critics, including many professors, say that could do lasting harm to the state.

UT President Bill Powers: "We Are a House Divided"

University of Texas President Bill Powers isn't mincing words in his State of the University address. According to prepared remarks distributed before the speech, he takes head-on the controversy that has dogged the state's higher education community for several months.

Ronald DePinho, MD - President of MD Anderson Cancer Center
Ronald DePinho, MD - President of MD Anderson Cancer Center

Ronald DePinho: The TT Interview

The fourth president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center on federal health care reform, the difficult budget pressures on his institution and others, the critical importance of academic research and the timeline for finding a cure for cancer.

Texas A&M University, the University of Texas and Rice University
Texas A&M University, the University of Texas and Rice University

College Rankings a Mixed Bag for Texas Universities

Depending on whom you ask, the University of Texas is either the 45th best university in the country, or the 186th. Texas A&M University is either the 58th, or it's the 178th. The practice of ranking colleges and universities has become pervasive, but interpreting them can difficult since no two publications take the same approach.

Texas Colleges Work to Improve Veterans’ Experience

After a decade of conflict in the Middle East, and with a boost from the expanded benefits of the post-9/11 GI Bill passed by Congress in 2008, the enrollment of returning veterans in colleges and universities in Texas is increasing — as are efforts to make sure they succeed in higher education.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/5/11

M. Smith on Rick Perry's allergic reaction to federal school money, E. Smith elicits Ted Cruz's take on David Dewhurst, Root and Ramshaw cover Perry's first presidential debate, Ramshaw and Aguilar poke at Perry's immigration record and how it plays among Republicans, Hamilton on the dash for top status among Texas colleges, Galbraith on an environmental ruling from the White House that got conservative applause and one that didn't, Grissom has the latest on the Willingham arson case and the state's plans to look at other fires and Aaronson's widget for comparing the presidential candidates: The best of our best content from Sept. 5 to 9, 2011.

Lege Not Playing Ball With A&M

Texas Weekly

Don’t look for the Legislature to get in the middle of Texas A&M University’s split from the Big 12 Conference. Twice in the last 14 months, House Higher Education Chairman Dan Branch, R-Dallas, has called a hearing about universities leaving the Big 12 Conference — and twice he had to cancel it because the timing was off. In the meantime, the conservative blogosphere let him have it.

Stan Jones, president of Complete College America, speaks as state representatives Dan Branch, Donna Howard, and Diane Patrick look on.
Stan Jones, president of Complete College America, speaks as state representatives Dan Branch, Donna Howard, and Diane Patrick look on.

Grant Will Help Community College Students Get Up to Speed

With state funding on the decline, Texas' institutions of higher education are increasingly looking to outside sources for help tackling low graduation rates. This week, Complete College America, a national non-profit, announced a million-dollar grant to help Texas handle students who show up to college ill-prepared.

Rep. Dan Branch R-Dallas, speaks with Rep. Todd Hunter R-Corpus Christi and Rep. Tom Craddick R-Midland on House floor during budget debate April 1st, 2011
Rep. Dan Branch R-Dallas, speaks with Rep. Todd Hunter R-Corpus Christi and Rep. Tom Craddick R-Midland on House floor during budget debate April 1st, 2011

Branch: No Hearings Planned on A&M Conference Switch

The Dallas Republican who chairs the House Higher Education Committee said today that relevant questions about possible changes could be asked and answered in the public arena over time.

Chancellor Brian McCall of the Texas State University System speaks with Tribune reporter Reeve Hamilton on Aug. 5, 2010.
Chancellor Brian McCall of the Texas State University System speaks with Tribune reporter Reeve Hamilton on Aug. 5, 2010.

Texas State's Uphill Battle for Attention

When University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa unveiled his action plan last week, it was national news. Not so when Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, did the exact same thing — a week earlier. It's a prime illustration of the uphill battle for attention faced by a public university in Texas that has neither the Longhorns nor the Aggies as a mascot.