Tribpedia: Higher Education

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There are 38 public universities and 50 community college districts in Texas.

According to the Handbook of Texas Online, a publication of the Texas State Historical Association, the leading public doctorate-granting institutions are the University of Texas and Texas A&M University, followed by the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, Texas Tech University, the University of Texas ...

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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

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

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.

Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.
Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.

As UT Inquiries Mount, So Have Frustrations

More than 2,000 pages of heavily redacted email documents — many pages were blacked out entirely — clearly reveal growing tensions among regents and top administrators at the University of Texas System and its flagship university. The Tribune and others sought the documents after Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa resigned earlier this year.

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa at a Board of Regents meeting in Austin.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa at a Board of Regents meeting in Austin.

In Cigarroa's Wake, Major Gains and Significant Discord

Francisco Cigarroa's five years as chancellor of the University of Texas System were as notable for what was achieved as they were for the level of discord reached at the system and on its board of regents. In some ways, given Cigarroa's atypical background, his arrival was more surprising than his impending departure.

Senator Wendy Davis addresses the Texas Democratic Women’s Convention in Austin, TX.
Senator Wendy Davis addresses the Texas Democratic Women’s Convention in Austin, TX.

Wendy Davis Weighs in on UT Chancellor Search

In a letter on Friday to Paul Foster, the chairman of the University of Texas System board of regents, gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, encouraged the system to conduct an "open, transparent and thorough national search" for a new chancellor.

A ninth-grade student returns a classroom calculator to its pouch after a pre-advanced placement algebra class at Bowie High School in Austin.
A ninth-grade student returns a classroom calculator to its pouch after a pre-advanced placement algebra class at Bowie High School in Austin.

Despite New Law, Algebra II Still a College Requirement

Though a new law removes algebra II as a core requirement for a high school diploma, many Texas universities say they have no plans to change their admissions standards to drop the advanced math course. Instead, higher education officials say many schools will continue raising the bar for new applicants.

Oct. 31, 2012: TribLive event with Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek
Oct. 31, 2012: TribLive event with Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek

Sources: Perry Backing Janek for UT Chancellor

Gov. Rick Perry is quietly lobbying for current Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek to be the next chancellor of the University of Texas System. UT's board of regents is looking for someone to replace Francisco Cigarroa, who said earlier this month that he will leave the post as soon as a replacement can be found.

News App: Higher Ed Outcomes Explorer

Each year, some 300,000 students begin eighth grade in a Texas public school — kids who will have far better prospects as adults if they finish high school and enroll in and complete a post-secondary certificate or degree. Use this app to track the educational milestones of every student who started eighth grade in a Texas public school between 1996 and 2001, broken down by region, county, ethnicity and gender.