Tribpedia: Higher Education

A look at the sun setting over the University of Texas at Austin Tower in 2011.
A look at the sun setting over the University of Texas at Austin Tower in 2011.

UT System to Require Interviews with Minority Candidates

Asserting that the faculty and leadership in the University of Texas System doesn't match the make-up of the students, Chancellor Bill McRaven said Thursday that he will require that a woman or minority candidate be interviewed for every high-level position at its 14 universities and medical schools. 

 

University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall at a 2014 Texas Tribune event.
University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall at a 2014 Texas Tribune event.

UT System Board Rebukes Wallace Hall — Again

Frustrated with his recent public comments, the University of Texas System Board of Regents has again rebuked outspoken member Wallace Hall. In a special meeting Friday, the board voted to "express disagreement and disapproval" of recent public statements by Hall. 

The seal of Texas A&M University - Central Texas includes four stars to recognize the schools that make up its history — the current school, American Technological University, University of Central Texas and Tarleton State University Central Texas. Administrators are working to get alumni of the other schools involved with A&M-Central Texas.
The seal of Texas A&M University - Central Texas includes four stars to recognize the schools that make up its history — the current school, American Technological University, University of Central Texas and Tarleton State University Central Texas. Administrators are working to get alumni of the other schools involved with A&M-Central Texas.

With Few Alumni, A&M-Central Texas Looks to the Past

Successful universities rely heavily on their alumni — for donations, for networking, for mentoring. But what if you don't have many graduates to hit up? That's a question Texas A&M University-Central Texas isn't waiting to answer.

Longhorns Mascot Bevo has Died

The recently retired Texas Longhorn mascot Bevo XIV has died, University of Texas at Austin officials said. The 2,100-pound longhorn was diagnosed with the bovine leukemia virus earlier this month. The university said in a press release Friday that he "passed away in his sleep today." 

Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at  Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.
Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.

Free Freshman Year? Texas State Hopes To Try It Out

The Texas State University System is experimenting with using massive open online courses to allow students to effectively fulfill a year's requirements at little cost before they arrive on campus, an option aimed at working students and the military among others. 

A football practice at TEDECU Stadium at the University of Houston in Houston Friday, August 28, 2015.
A football practice at TEDECU Stadium at the University of Houston in Houston Friday, August 28, 2015.

University of Houston Pours Millions into Athletics

In recent years, the University of Houston has transferred more than $100 million from its academic side to athletics, aiming to shore up struggling athletic programs and enhance its bid to become a tier one university, and maybe a member of the Big 12.

The fatal shooting of nine people in a Charleston, S.C., church prompted a nationwide reconsideration of Confederate monuments in the South. UT-Austin joined in, deciding to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from its south mall. The Sons of Confederate Veterans sued to block the move, but lost. The plan is to eventually move the statue to an on-campus history museum.
The fatal shooting of nine people in a Charleston, S.C., church prompted a nationwide reconsideration of Confederate monuments in the South. UT-Austin joined in, deciding to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from its south mall. The Sons of Confederate Veterans sued to block the move, but lost. The plan is to eventually move the statue to an on-campus history museum.

UT-Austin Removes Confederate Statue

The Jefferson Davis statue will no longer cast a shadow on the University Texas main mall after its removal Sunday morning. About 100 students, university staff members and other Austinites gathered to see the relocation of the controversial statue of the Confederate president.

 

The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.
The statue of Jefferson Davis, once president of the Confederate States, stands just south of the Main Building on UT's campus on June 22, 2015.

Judge to Consider Future of UT Confederate Statue

University of Texas at Austin leaders want to remove a statue of Confederate President Jefferson Davis from a prominent place on campus. On Thursday, a judge may allow them to cross the final hurdle to do so. 

President of the University of Texas at Austin, Gregory Fenves, enjoys lunch with UT students at the student activity center on June 3, 2015
President of the University of Texas at Austin, Gregory Fenves, enjoys lunch with UT students at the student activity center on June 3, 2015

UT-Austin Team to Develop Campus Carry Plans

University of Texas at Austin President Greg Fenves announced Thursday that he has convened a group of students, faculty and staff to recommend policies for the school to comply with a new state law that will allow the concealed carrying of gun on college campuses. 

Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at  Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.
Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.

New State Goal: 60 Percent of Adults With a Degree By 2030

With an eye on keeping up with demographic changes and competing with other states and countries, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has adopted a new goal: Get 60 percent of Texans between 25 and 34 a postsecondary degree by 2030.  

University of Texas at Austin students pass by the Main Building on their way to and from classes.
University of Texas at Austin students pass by the Main Building on their way to and from classes.

Colleges Heighten Focus on Campus Sexual Assaults

A combination of publicity, heightened scrutiny and a new state law is leading colleges across the state to place more emphasis than ever on preventing and responding to sexual assault. The UT System alone will spend $1.7 million reviewing its policies.