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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Texas A&M University Expands Emerging "Genius Corps"

John L. Junkins, distinguished professor of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University and the founding director of its Institute for Advanced Study, talks at a meeting in the the Hagler Center on campus.
John L. Junkins, distinguished professor of aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University and the founding director of its Institute for Advanced Study, talks at a meeting in the the Hagler Center on campus.

Nine internationally renowned researchers from various fields will be welcomed on Friday as fellows of the Texas A&M University Institute for Advanced Study, part of a group that administrators have nicknamed the Genius Corps. The idea has been backed by professor John Junkins since 1999 but only recently took off.

Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, John Sharp, photographed at the System offices in Austin on March 14, 2013
Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, John Sharp, photographed at the System offices in Austin on March 14, 2013

A&M Partners With IBM to Enhance Computing

In an effort to bring the Texas A&M University System's supercomputing capabilities — which A&M Chancellor John Sharp called "woefully inadequate" — up to speed, the system has announced a new partnership with IBM.

University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall, Jr. laughs during The Role of Regents panel at TribFest on September 28, 2013.
University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall, Jr. laughs during The Role of Regents panel at TribFest on September 28, 2013.

Online Public Records, With a Hint of More to Come

The University of Texas System is publishing a little bit of public information online in a way that makes it obvious what it ought to do next. Information about requests for public records is published, but not the public records produced to answer those requests.

UT-Austin President Bill Powers, left, and Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities.
UT-Austin President Bill Powers, left, and Hunter Rawlings, president of the Association of American Universities.

University Leaders: Higher Ed Coming Out of Controversial Time

Texas was “ground zero” for a controversial push to make higher education more utilitarian, Hunter Rawlings, the president of the Association of American Universities, warned in 2012. On Monday, during an interview in Austin, he sounded more hopeful.

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, speak with a lawyer during a break at a House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations hearing on October 23rd, 2013
Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, speak with a lawyer during a break at a House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations hearing on October 23rd, 2013

Committee Recalls Subpoena for UT Regent Hall

UPDATED: Mere hours after issuing a subpoena to get University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall to appear before a legislative committee, members of the committee abruptly recalled it, saying they got their dates confused. 

 

UT-Austin Announces Gift to College of Communication

The University of Texas at Austin announced on Monday a $50 million gift from the Moody Foundation to its College of Communication, which will be renamed the Moody College of Communication. A press release called it the "the largest endowment for the study of communication of any public university in the nation."

Ronald DePinho, president of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, visiting labs on the south campus in Houston Monday Sept 30, 2013.
Ronald DePinho, president of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, visiting labs on the south campus in Houston Monday Sept 30, 2013.

MD Anderson Enlists IBM Supercomputer to Fight Cancer

Representatives from the MD Anderson Cancer Center and IBM on Friday announced their collaboration on a project that uses a supercomputer to cull big data to help physicians recommend treatments for cancer patients.

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Star of Texas Awards ceremony on Sept. 12, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Star of Texas Awards ceremony on Sept. 12, 2013.

Willeford: Perry "Going After" UT-Austin, Powers

In an email blast to friends defending the University of Texas at Austin, Pamela Willeford, a former U.S. ambassador and a former chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, had sharp words for Gov. Rick Perry and his controversial higher ed adviser, Jeff Sandefer.