Tribpedia: Higher Education

John Siber
John Siber

John Silber: The TT Interview

The outspoken former UT dean and Boston University president on higher education's past, present and future — including his opinion of U.S. News & World Report's rankings ("bogus"), Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States ("incompetent and inaccurate") and online degree programs ("fraudulence").

Budget Constraints Pit Teaching Against Research

College students will rally at the Capitol today for higher-education funding. But as Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, some students think major changes are also needed on campus, where, they say, professors spend too much time researching and not enough time with undergraduates in the classroom.

Gene Powell and Francisco Cigarroa
Gene Powell and Francisco Cigarroa

UT System Reassigns O'Donnell: "We're Listening"

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell told the Tribune today that they are moving quickly to allay the concerns of lawmakers, alumni and others regarding the direction of UT, starting with the reassignment of Rick O'Donnell, a new adviser to the Board of Regents.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 3/7/11

Conversations about the coming Hispanic majority and the 82nd session from our New Day Rising symposium, M. Smith on the latest tort reform battle, Galbraith on greater scrutiny of the gas industry, Ramsey on whether lawmakers will cut their own pay and benefits, Ramshaw and Aguilar on what's holding up abortion sonogram legislation, Aguilar on the ag commissioner's controversial new website, Philpott on what $9.8 billion in public education cuts looks like, Hamilton on a snippy exchange of higher ed letters and Grissom on the latest court decision in the Hank Skinner case: The best of our best content from March 7 to 11, 2011.

Ranger College's Closure Threatens Town's Livelihood

News that the state could shutter four community colleges has rattled the rural town of Ranger, whose community college faces closure. Nathan Bernier and Paulo Martins of KUT News look at what the closure could mean for the college — and the town for which it has become something of a lifeline.

House members discuss changing politics at TribLive event on February 28, 2011
House members discuss changing politics at TribLive event on February 28, 2011

Texas Hispanic Lawmakers Spar Over Race, Education

Protecting education and recognizing that the rapidly growing Hispanic population will gain a major political voice in Texas were themes that emerged Monday afternoon at The Texas Tribune’s day-long “New Day Rising” forum at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Battle Brewing Over Mandatory Meningitis Vaccine

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling this week that vaccine manufacturers are protected from lawsuits by parents who believe that vaccines harmed their children is sure to energize anti-immunization advocates working to thwart attempts to expand meningococcal vaccine requirements for college students. Those who want more college students vaccinated say the state should do what it can to combat the disease, which is fast acting, unpredictable and deadly.

State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas
State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas

House Higher Ed Chairman Looks to Boost "Productivity"

For higher education issues, it appears that “productivity” is to this session what “tier one” was to 2009. House Higher Education Chairman Dan Branch, R-Dallas, who two years ago passed landmark legislation establishing a seven-school competition to catapult the state’s next national research university, recently filed a trio of bills aimed at getting more bang for each buck invested in higher ed.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/14/11

Ramsey, Stiles, Aguilar and Murphy makes sense of the Census data (and Stiles and Murphy interactively map the population change by county), Grissom on possible job cuts for prison chaplains, Ramshaw on whether cash-strapped Texas should be in the cancer business, Philpott on if we should dip into the Rainy Day Fund, Hamilton on the digital age dawning at Abilene Christian University, C. Smith on the concealed carry debate at community colleges, Galbraith on the fallout from the rolling blackouts, Ramsey on Texas vs. and M. Smith on Perry vs. Doggett: The best of our best content from Feb. 14 to 18, 2011.

At Texas' Abilene Christian, Digital Age Under Way

“The entering freshman class in 2011 will have several interesting traits," Abilene Christian University officials noted in a 2006 report, "not the least of which is that they were born the same year the Internet became mainstream." In the five years since, the small, private West Texas university has transformed itself into perhaps the most technologically innovative campus in the state. 

Texas Community Colleges Leery of Guns on Campus

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State Rep. Van Taylor, R-Plano, has filed legislation to allow licensed handgun owners to carry concealed weapons on community college campuses. Taylor says his measure is meant to allow students to protect themselves. But some campus police — who are trained in school shootings to take down any person with a weapon — fear it could actually put students and faculty in more danger.

Brandon Demings sits in the Senate gallery on Community College Day at the Texas Capitol. He says students at Kilgore College are already feeling the pinch of state budget cuts.
Brandon Demings sits in the Senate gallery on Community College Day at the Texas Capitol. He says students at Kilgore College are already feeling the pinch of state budget cuts.

Community Colleges Uneasy as Ax Hangs Over Benefits

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The Legislature’s initial state budget proposals calling for the closing of four community colleges caught many lawmakers off guard. But what largely escaped their attention — the slashing of health benefits across all such institutions — is what concerns community college officials the most.