Tribpedia: Higher Education

Justices Question UT-Austin Affirmative Action Policy

Abigail Fisher, right, plaintiff in Fisher v. University of Texas, leaves the U.S. Supreme Court with Edward Blum of the Project on Fair Representation after oral arguments in the case, in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 2015.
Abigail Fisher, right, plaintiff in Fisher v. University of Texas, leaves the U.S. Supreme Court with Edward Blum of the Project on Fair Representation after oral arguments in the case, in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 2015.

United States Supreme Court justices dissected and debated the University of Texas at Austin's unusual admissions procedures on Wednesday, questioning whether Texas' flagship campus should keep using race as a factor when evaluating some of its applicants. 

University of Texas at Austin professor Misha Matz is using crowdfunding to raise money for his research into the best ways to protect coral reefs from climate change.
University of Texas at Austin professor Misha Matz is using crowdfunding to raise money for his research into the best ways to protect coral reefs from climate change.

With Federal Funding Elusive, Professors Crowdfund Research

With federal funding more difficult to obtain, University of Texas at Austin researchers are resorting to crowdfunding to pay for their projects. Professors are asking for money to help protect coral reefs, find new ways to treat alcoholism and develop cures to brain diseases. 

Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, listens during a debate over Senate Bill 11 on March 18, 2015.
Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, listens during a debate over Senate Bill 11 on March 18, 2015.

Birdwell Asks AG to Clarify Where Colleges Can Ban Handguns

In an apparent effort to shut down talk of banning guns in college classrooms, state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, has asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to clarify where universities can prohibit handguns with the state's campus carry law goes into effect Aug. 1. 

Video: Higher Ed Access, Affordability and Diversity

At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, Matthew Watkins talked about higher ed access, affordability and diversity with Lisa Fielder, CEO of College Forward; Cynthia Teniente-Matson, president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio; Shirley Reed, president of South Texas College; and University of Texas System Regent Sara Martinez Tucker.

Video: Cracking the Higher Ed Completion Code

At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, I talked about the challenge of increasing higher ed outcomes with Chancellor Brian McCall of the Texas State University System; Elaine Mendoza, vice chair of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents; former University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; and Wynn Rosser, CEO of the Greater Texas Foundation.

Video: A Conversation with Ken Starr

At our 11/16 higher education symposium, I talked to Ken Starr, the president and chancellor of Baylor University, about access, affordability, excellence, demographic change, campus carry, free speech, the intersection of a traditional culture with the modern world, and, of course, football.

Video: Higher Ed Exceptionalism

At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, I talked about the pursuit of excellence with Southwestern University President Edward Burger; Paul Foster, the chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents; Woody Hunt, chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and University of Texas at El Paso President Diana Natalicio.

Video: Higher Ed and the 84th Legislature

At our 11/13 symposium on higher education, Matthew Watkins talked to state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury; state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, the chairman of the Senate Higher Education Committee; state Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, the vice chairwoman of the House Higher Education Committee; and Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes about how higher ed issues played in the 84th Legislature.

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.

Campuses Under Federal Review Over Sexual Assault Investigations

Texas A&M University, the University of Houston and Trinity University are all under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for how they have handled allegations of sexual violence. At A&M, the case is unusual: The agency is reviewing whether A&M went too far in punishing a student accused of rape — not that it didn't go far enough.