Tribpedia: Higher Education

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.

 

Despite Success, Some Shortcomings in Texas Higher Ed

As the state's 15-year higher education plan comes to an end, some objectives in key areas — including college enrollment among certain ethnic groups and degrees awarded in math and science — are unlikely to be met. The state's plan has been credited with preventing a discouraging tide from getting worse in higher education.

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announces his resignation on Feb. 10, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa announces his resignation on Feb. 10, 2014.

Cigarroa, Board to Confer About Powers' Future

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa will confer with the system's board of regents on Thursday about how to handle University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers' refusal to resign this year.

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. 

 

 

Timeline: Tension in the University of Texas System

A recent announcement that the University of Texas System will commission an external investigation into the admissions process at the University of Texas at Austin is only the latest chapter in an ongoing, tension-filled sagaWe have updated our timeline to include the latest developments.

Former A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel recently drafted by the NFL Cleveland Browns was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08:  Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies takes the stage after he was picked #22 overall by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City.
Former A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel recently drafted by the NFL Cleveland Browns was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies takes the stage after he was picked #22 overall by the Cleveland Browns during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City.

Agents Want More Time With Texas College Athletes

While universities and Texas legislators support state rules limiting sports agents to a quick pre-season meet-and-greet with college football players, agents say the short window of access can lead NFL hopefuls to make bad decisions. 

Texas A&M University System Board Chairman Richard Box and current Regent Jim Schwertner participate in an interview for a new movie, produced by John Robison, that revisits Texas A&M University's decision to move to the SEC.
Texas A&M University System Board Chairman Richard Box and current Regent Jim Schwertner participate in an interview for a new movie, produced by John Robison, that revisits Texas A&M University's decision to move to the SEC.

Aggies to Revisit "100-Year Decision" in Print and Film

Texas A&M University’s decision to join the SEC, which has been widely heralded as a transformational move for the university, will be the subject of print and film accounts. Both projects are set to come out this fall and will detail the behind-the-scenes moves that brought about the change.

Gov. Rick Perry and Juliet García of the University of Texas at Brownsville at a signing ceremony on July 16, 2013, for the merger of UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American.
Gov. Rick Perry and Juliet García of the University of Texas at Brownsville at a signing ceremony on July 16, 2013, for the merger of UT-Brownsville and UT-Pan American.

Juliet García to Lead New Institute in South Texas

University of Texas at Brownsville President Juliet Garcia will step down from the role she has held for more than two decades to lead a new University of Texas Institute of the Americas located in the Rio Grande Valley.

Dr. Robert Nelsen, president of the University of Texas-Pan American, talks about his school's undocumented student population during a panel discussion at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 28, 2013.
Dr. Robert Nelsen, president of the University of Texas-Pan American, talks about his school's undocumented student population during a panel discussion at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 28, 2013.

UTPA President Robert Nelsen to Step Down in August

Robert Nelsen, who has served as president of the University of Texas-Pan American since 2010, announced Monday that he will be stepping down at the end of August.

University of Texas at Austin economics majors Alexis Guevara and Ahmed Quadri capture a graduation day moment for posterity on May 5, 2014.
University of Texas at Austin economics majors Alexis Guevara and Ahmed Quadri capture a graduation day moment for posterity on May 5, 2014.

Gender Gap in Higher Ed Outcomes is Scrutinized

As degree attainment among men has continued to lag that of women, more state policy-makers are looking at the issue in a bid to prevent the gap from significantly affecting the state. The gender gap in higher education is expected to be a plank in the state’s next long-term higher education plan. 

A&M System Chancellor John Sharp explains the 25X25 engineering initiative at a Capitol press conference on Jan. 23, 2013.
A&M System Chancellor John Sharp explains the 25X25 engineering initiative at a Capitol press conference on Jan. 23, 2013.

Texas A&M System Announces Hiring Freeze

The Texas A&M University System announced a hiring freeze among non-faculty administrative employees on Friday that's intended to cut costs and redirect money toward academics system-wide. 

Jacob Wong, 35, is the first student to become a trustee member for Alamo Colleges.
Jacob Wong, 35, is the first student to become a trustee member for Alamo Colleges.

Alamo Colleges System Names First Student Trustee

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The Alamo Colleges system on Friday named a student member to its board of trustees. According to the system, Jacob Wong will be the first student in Texas to serve as a trustee on a community college board. 

Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, talks about the value of a college degree, how Texas higher education could be more responsive to the workforce, and if Central Texas can be the next Silicon Valley.
Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, talks about the value of a college degree, how Texas higher education could be more responsive to the workforce, and if Central Texas can be the next Silicon Valley.

Laszlo Bock: The TT Interview

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Google's senior vice president of people operations talked with the Tribune about how to create the next Silicon Valley in Central Texas, whether college is worth it and what universities can do to better prepare students for the workforce.

House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations co-chairs Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, during a hearing on Oct. 22, 2013.
House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations co-chairs Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, during a hearing on Oct. 22, 2013.

Transparency Committee Proceeds Cautiously as Emotions Rise

Following the release of a special counsel's report laying out possible grounds for University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall's impeachment, a legislative committee is proceeding cautiously as it determines its next steps. Emotions on both sides of the debate are high. 

 

Attorney Rusty Hardin looks over his notes at the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations on October 22, 2013.
Attorney Rusty Hardin looks over his notes at the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations on October 22, 2013.

Hardin: Impeachment Recommendations Up to Committee

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What the members of the legislative committee investigating a University of Texas System regent do with a report laying out four potential bases for his impeachment is "entirely up to them," the committee's special counsel said Thursday.

Students on the University of Texas at Austin campus.
Students on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

UT-Austin Faculty Objects to Shared Services Plan

A proposal to save money by consolidating administrative services at the University of Texas at Austin has encountered resistance from faculty members, who call it "part of the overly zealous, profit-motivated corporatist mandate." A similar proposal implemented at Texas A&M University in 2012 also met resistance.

Texas Southern University students Chassity Piece (center) and Briana Falls (right) walk to class on Feb. 22, 2012.
Texas Southern University students Chassity Piece (center) and Briana Falls (right) walk to class on Feb. 22, 2012.

Earnings Data Included in Latest Higher Ed Almanac

For the first time since it launched in 2011, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's annual almanac includes earnings data from the Texas Unemployment Insurance Wage Record File. A key discussion that could benefit from the latest edition of the almanac is one on how to push students to graduate on time.

The University of Houston Sugar Land campus, photographed on April 1, 2014. It will soon become a branch campus of the UH flagship, prompting consternation at UH-Victoria.
The University of Houston Sugar Land campus, photographed on April 1, 2014. It will soon become a branch campus of the UH flagship, prompting consternation at UH-Victoria.

UH Changes in Sugar Land Spark Confusion in Victoria

The University of Houston System's plan to convert a teaching center in Sugar Land to a branch campus of its flagship university was welcomed by Sugar Land but prompted bewilderment in Victoria, where leaders are concerned about what the change means for the future of the University of Houston-Victoria.