Tribpedia: Higher Education

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 7/25/11

Aaronson examines the Texas jobs "miracle," Root on how Rick Perry built his financial portfolio, Tan and Wiseman on Perry vs. Ron Paul, Philpott on how budget cuts will affect a mental health provider, yours truly on a House freshman who was less than impressed with his first legislative experience, M. Smith on public schools charging for things that used to be free, Hamilton on a new call to reinvent higher education, Grissom on a rare stay of execution, Galbraith on the end of a Panhandle wind program, Aguilar on the increase of legal immigration into the U.S. and Texas: The best of our best content from July 25 to 29, 2011.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes speaks at the podium during the Generation Adelante college fair.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes speaks at the podium during the Generation Adelante college fair.

Paredes: "We Need to Reinvent Public Higher Ed"

Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes said Tuesday that the state was coming to "the painful realization that improving access is not enough" and that the time had come to "reinvent public higher education."

The University of Texas at Austin.
The University of Texas at Austin.

Guest Column: What Entrepreneurs Can Teach Academia

The business community, particularly the entrepreneur, has much to offer academia but the wrong approach is to use corporations as a metaphor for universities. There is no surer way of destroying Texas' top public universities than to focus narrowly on the bottom line. 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 7/18/11

Ramshaw on the lioness of the Texas House, Dehn and Tan review 20 years of Rick Perry's political ads, Murphy's latest database includes the governor's political accounts over the last decade, Aaronson's visualizations of what was said in the biggest legislative debates, M. Smith on the woman in the middle chair at the State Board of Education, Galbraith on how the drought is forcing ranchers to sell their herds, Grissom has the story on a cattle rustler who's asking the courts to give him an old-fashioned sentence, Hamilton covers Rick O'Donnell's latest salvo at higher education,  Aguilar on whether and how the sanctuary cities issue will translate at the ballot box next year, yours truly on Ron Paul's candidacy and the candidate in his own words: The best of our best from July 18 to 22, 2011.

The University of Texas at Austin.
The University of Texas at Austin.

UT, Coalition Strike Back at O'Donnell Analysis

When Rick O'Donnell, a controversial former adviser to the University of Texas System, released an analysis of faculty data from University of Texas and Texas A&M, he anticipated that it might receive criticism. He was right.

Bill Hammond is the CEO of the Texas Association of Business.
Bill Hammond is the CEO of the Texas Association of Business.

Guest Column: Seven Breakthrough Distractions

If we are serious about higher ed reform, state lawmakers, our colleges and universities and the business community must work together and lead, not bury ourselves in lofty rhetorical arguments or burden our education system with misguided micromanagement.

Interactive: Visualizing Key Debates in the Lege

The Texas Tribune captured every debate, tirade and joke uttered into the microphones in the House and Senate during the 82nd legislative session in our collection of online transcripts. Our latest series of data applications helps you identify when important debates occurred by visualizing the frequency of keywords.

UTIMCO CEO Bruce Zimmerman explains what his organization does.

UTIMCO Board Approves Salary Raises for CEO, Staff

The board of the University of Texas Investment Management Company on Thursday approved salary increases for the company's staff as well Bruce Zimmerman, its chief executive officer and chief investment officer.

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

Higher Ed Standstill

Texas Weekly

Heading into the regular session, conservative business leaders like Woody Hunt and Bill Hammond were leading the charge for higher education reform. Their proposals for getting more graduates in the state included funding for colleges and universities tied to graduation rates instead of enrollments, a distribution method for financial aid that favored high-achieving needy students. (They ultimately got the latter, but not the former). "Our focus is on completions. That's what matters," Hammond said. "I think some of the debate is misdirected. The issue should be: Are we getting enough kids walking across the stage at the end of the day?"

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 7/4/11

Aguilar on a change in law that affects applications for state-issued IDs, Galbraith on how the drought is taking its toll on wildlife, Hamilton on an outsider's attempt to lower the cost of higher ed, Murphy visualizes the partisanship of House members, Ramsey on who becomes Lite Guv if David Dewhurst takes another job, Ramshaw on life in the colonias and three stories about Rick Perry — Grissom on how his death penalty stance might play in a 2012 presidential race, Root on how he cemented his reputation as one of the state's most powerful governors and Tan on the growing demand for him to speak elsewhere: The best of our best content from July 4 to July 8, 2011.

The Pundit vs. the Professor: A Debate About Tenure

Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of the book The Faculty Lounges ... And Other Reasons You Won’t Get the College Education You Pay For, and Daniel Hamermesh, a prominent economics professor at the University of Texas at Austin, debate the merits of tenure. It's the subject of Riley's new book, and it's something Hamermesh has. He's for it. She's not.

The University of Texas at Austin.
The University of Texas at Austin.

UT Dean Rejects "Seven Solutions" in New Report

Randy Diehl, the dean of the University at Texas at Austin’s College of Liberal Arts, released a response to the so-called "seven breakthrough solutions" for higher education today. His conclusion: “Put simply, this is the wrong approach.”

Michael K. Crosno, myEdu CEO & Chairman / Founder
Michael K. Crosno, myEdu CEO & Chairman / Founder

Attacking the Cost of College, From the Outside

If there was a theme to the just-concluded 82nd legislative session it was do more with less, and higer ed leaders in the Capitol passed legislation accordingly. Michael Crosno is also working on lowering the cost of higher education by applying pressure from the outside. He is a businessman who has built and sold a string of successful companies. His latest is called MyEdu.

A Non-Growth Spurt

Texas Weekly

Though university officials around the state were hoping that the special session might open the door for the issuance of bonds for campus construction projects, that opportunity never developed in a significant way.

Rick O'Donnell
Rick O'Donnell

Rick O'Donnell: The TT Interview

The former University of Texas System adviser on what he says were the real reasons for the controversy over his position, what lead to his sudden departure, what he thinks of his critics, what he will do next and why he thinks his side is winning the battle over higher ed reform.

UT System Issues Updated Faculty "Productivity" Data

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In early May, when the University of Texas System released much anticipated data used to measure faculty productivity, it came with a caveat: users were warned that the information had not been verified and could not yield "accurate analysis, interpretations or conclusions." Today, the UT System released an updated data set.

Rick O'Donnell, UT System Agree to Settlement

The Rick O'Donnell saga at the University of Texas System appears to have reached an end. Last week, under threat of a lawsuit, the system agreed to a settlement with the former adviser. Under the agreement, though the parties dispute the circumstances of their separation, O'Donnell will not sue the system. In return, the system will in provide O'Donnell with $70,000 and a letter from Gene Powell, the chairman of the board of regents.

Perry's Vetoes Started with Higher Education

Texas Weekly

Gov. Rick Perry isn’t backing down from his push for a “no-frills” approach to higher education. He wants students to move and be moved through the system quickly and efficiently. And if that wasn’t clear enough already, he underscored it with his veto pen.

Natalie Butler (upper left) is the student body president at University of Texas at Austin and a member of the executive committee of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education. Christopher Covo (lower left) is the director of America's Next Impact, a project of the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.
Natalie Butler (upper left) is the student body president at University of Texas at Austin and a member of the executive committee of the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education. Christopher Covo (lower left) is the director of America's Next Impact, a project of the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity.

Groups Positioning For Prolonged Higher Ed Debate

With multiple third-party organizations across the state cropping up, along with a new Legislature-created oversight committee, expect a protracted public discussion about how to best address the state's high ed problems such as rising tuition and ballooning student debt.

Audio: Student Leaders Discuss Higher Ed Reform

Natalie Butler and Christopher Covo, are both student leaders from public universities in Texas. But they find themselves on different sides of the state's ongoing higher education reform debate. They recently sat down to hash out their differences with Trib reporter Reeve Hamilton.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of June 20, 2011

An Everybody-in-the-Pool effort on what's left to do in the special session, Ramshaw on a doozy of a congressional race shaping up, Aguilar on the debate over sanctuary cities and other immigration proposals, M. Smith on the state's used-up Rainy Day Fund, Grissom on efforts to kick the special interests out of an insurance fight, Dehn and Tan on whether the special session helps or hurts the governor's national ambitions, Galbraith and KUT Radio team up for a series on the long-term outlook for Central Texas water, Aaronson on government attempts to balance openness and privacy with data releases, yours truly on Amazon's run at a sales tax break, and Hamilton on an ethnic gap in higher education: The best of our best from June 20 to 24, 2011.