Tribpedia: Higher Education

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.

UT System Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster during a meeting on Dec. 12, 2013.
UT System Board of Regents Chairman Paul Foster during a meeting on Dec. 12, 2013.

UT System Reviewing Transparency Committee Directive

A spokeswoman for the University of Texas System says they are reviewing a recent list of directives from the legislative committee investigating one of the system's regents and plan to respond before the Feb. 1 deadline.

Search Still On for Higher Ed Performance-Funding Model

In 2014, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is continuing its quest for a politically palatable model of performance-based funding for public universities. An advisory panel is mulling potential proposals in hopes that a new legislative session in 2015 will bring new consensus.

Year in Review: Higher Education

In 2013, for the third straight year, the Texas higher education story that bogarted the limelight was the ongoing tension swirling around the University of Texas System. But there are reasons to believe that won't be the case in 2014.

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. 

 

UTEP students make their way through campus.
UTEP students make their way through campus.

Higher Ed Enrollment Grows Slowly as Deadline Looms

Overall enrollment in Texas colleges and universities grew by about 8,000 students in 2013, according to preliminary data released this week by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. That's an increase of less than 1 percent over 2012 figures.

 

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.

Prairie View Campus Gets Long-Awaited Voting Location

Students at Prairie View A&M University, the state’s oldest historically black public college, have fought for decades to persuade Waller County to allow a polling place on the campus. Now a coalition has succeeded in cobbling together a compromise in time for the November election.

How Will UT Regent Impeachment Probe Play Out?

It has been just shy of four decades since a state House committee conducted an investigation into whether a public official should be impeached. Ahead of the hearings on University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, here's a look at how the process works and the questions likely to come up.

 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/16/13

M. Smith drops in on state textbook hearings, E. Smith interviews Tom Pauken, Satija on water rationing along the Colorado River, Root probes Dan Patrick’s unexpected investment, KUT’s Philpott sorts out clinic closings, Murphy maps the latest census data, MacLaggan on a welcome turn in poverty, Malewitz finds a race for energy efficiency, Hamilton reports on better grades for Sul Ross, Grissom on bad grades for the death penalty, Batheja on Debra Medina’s dilemma, Aguilar on the glum forecast for immigration reform and Aaronson looks at the latest hurdle for Obamacare: The best of our best for the week of Sept. 16-20, 2013.

Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes at the Texas Capitol as Governor Rick Perry signs several education-related bills in ceremonies on June 10, 2013.
Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes at the Texas Capitol as Governor Rick Perry signs several education-related bills in ceremonies on June 10, 2013.

Remade Higher Ed Board Reaching Out to Universities

Texas Weekly

After surviving a difficult sunset review process, a somewhat remade Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board — which has gone from "an agency that authorizes and regulates to one that advises and recommends" — is reaching out to improve its relationships with the state's university systems.

As Sul Ross Enrollment Increases, So Does Faculty Pay

Faculty and staff at Sul Ross State University are looking forward to a 3 percent salary bump after the school hit its enrollment goals this year, a sign the university may be bouncing back from a slump. Enrollment at the West Texas university slid so low last year that it stirred discontent among some community leaders.

UT System Chancellor to Address Fundraising Reporting

UPDATED: The University of Texas System chancellor plans to send letters to leaders at the system’s 15 institutions to address how they report alumni membership dues in their fundraising totals. Some people have been counted as donors to UT-Austin simply for paying their membership dues to the alumni association, and a UT regent has challenged that calculation.

University of Texas at Austin Psychology professors Dr. Sam Gosling and Dr. Jamie Pennebaker discuss their synchronized massive online course for Psych 301, moments before streaming live from a studio on campus for the first time.
University of Texas at Austin Psychology professors Dr. Sam Gosling and Dr. Jamie Pennebaker discuss their synchronized massive online course for Psych 301, moments before streaming live from a studio on campus for the first time.

UT Rolls Out New Approach to Massive Online Courses

The University of Texas is rolling out new online learning opportunities for non-UT students this semester. In addition to four massive open online courses — or MOOCs — it will have two synchronous massive online courses, or SMOCs. For those who don't attend UT, taking one of the SMOCs will cost $550 — but they come with academic credit.

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, talks about HB 1 to a colleague on April 3, 2013.
State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, talks about HB 1 to a colleague on April 3, 2013.

Pitts Says He Wrote Recommendation Letter for Son

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, acknowledged writing a law school recommendation for his son but strongly denied attempting to exert any undue influence over the admission process. “Did I ever call for my son — or the over one hundred people I’ve recommended over the years — and ask for special treatment?" he asked. "No, I did not.”

Regent Paul Foster at the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting Aug. 22, 2013.
Regent Paul Foster at the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting Aug. 22, 2013.

New UT Regents Chairman Determined to Avoid Drama

After one week on the job as chairman of the embattled University of Texas System Board of Regents, Paul Foster, a self-made billionaire and noted philanthropist from El Paso, says he hopes to build consensus and avoid being "dragged into the fray."