Tribpedia: Texas A&M University System

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The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center.

A&M System members educate more than 131,000 students and reach another 22 million people through service each year. With more than ...

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For South Texas, No Easy Road to Medical School

Resident physician Derly Hinojosa talks to Valley Baptist Medical Center patient Norma Linda Garcia during his group's rounds.
Resident physician Derly Hinojosa talks to Valley Baptist Medical Center patient Norma Linda Garcia during his group's rounds.

South Texas health leaders say they've waited long enough to establish a medical school in the Rio Grande Valley. But to get from blueprints to bricks and mortar, they must persuade hospitals to finance 120 residency slots, get local voters in the impoverished region to sign off on a taxing district and persuade the Legislature to provide an additional $20 million a year.

Ryan Crocker is shown at a 2011 news conference in Herat, Afghanistan. He has been on leave from Texas A&M University since President Obama tapped him to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in April 2011.
Ryan Crocker is shown at a 2011 news conference in Herat, Afghanistan. He has been on leave from Texas A&M University since President Obama tapped him to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan in April 2011.

Texas A&M Dean, on Leave, Arrested in Hit-and-Run

According to news reports, former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, on leave from his position as dean of Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Service, is facing charges for drunken driving and a hit and run incident in Spokane, Washington.

Newly appointed Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp answers a question from the audience at TribLive on September 29, 2011.
Newly appointed Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp answers a question from the audience at TribLive on September 29, 2011.

Ubiquitous Aggies

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The A&M System regents are expected to approve a resolution that will add “Texas A&M” to the name of each institution it oversees. The change is part of a massive rebranding effort, which is just one of many major changes Chancellor John Sharp has announced as he approaches his one-year anniversary on the job.

At Reveal, a camp in Bryan sponsored by Texas Right to Life, teenagers learn to become effective anti-abortion activists.
At Reveal, a camp in Bryan sponsored by Texas Right to Life, teenagers learn to become effective anti-abortion activists.

Summer Camp Focuses on Fight Against Abortion

A two-week summer camp outside of Bryan helps high school students learn how to become effective anti-abortion advocates. Counselors teach campers to adopt a gentler, compassion-based form of persuasion. "They all have a passion; that's why they are here," one counselor said.

Landscaping workers are among the Texas A&M University employees who will have to join an outside company, because A&M is outsourcing its support services.
Landscaping workers are among the Texas A&M University employees who will have to join an outside company, because A&M is outsourcing its support services.

A&M's Outsourcing Plans Have Workers Concerned

Texas A&M University officials say that a plan to outsource support services will help the university raise $260 million in the next 10 years. And the workers in those positions can reapply for their jobs with the company that is taking over. But some workers have expressed concerns about the security of their employment.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/30/12

Aguilar on the House District 77 primary, Batheja on the HD-101 and SD-9 primaries, Galbraith on the GOP candidates for two Railroad Commission slots, Grissom on the latest in the Kerry Max Cook case, Hamilton on Texas A&M's new accountability website, Murphy and M. Smith on how much superintendents make, Ramsey interviews a would-be Democratic Party chair, Root on that nice Ted Nugent, M. Smith on the resignation of the state's education commissioner and Tan on the continuing court fight over Planned Parenthood: The best of our best content from April 30 to May 4, 2012.

R. Bowen Loftin, president of Texas A&M University, at TribLive on April 28, 2011.
R. Bowen Loftin, president of Texas A&M University, at TribLive on April 28, 2011.

Tuition to Rise for Most Students in A&M System

The Texas A&M University System regents approved tuition increases for all campuses except those in College Station and San Antonio. The president of Texas A&M University in College Station did not request an increase. The tuition hikes come at a time when funding for higher education has decreased as a result of cuts in the state budget last year.

UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.
UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.

As UT, A&M Regents Meet, Governor Eyes Tuition

Regents from both the University of Texas and Texas A&M University systems are meeting this week, and most observers will be watching for their votes on tuition rates. Gov. Rick Perry, for one, has made it known that he would frown on any increases.

Commercial Benefits of College Research Touted

Two House committees held a joint hearing to explore how scientific research at universities can be commercialized for the benefit of businesses and the state economy. heard testimony from the state's leading research universities.

The Posse Foundation, NY.
The Posse Foundation, NY.

Texas Schools Prepare for a New Kind of Posse

The Posse Foundation, which has been lauded by the MacArthur Foundation and President Obama, is embarking on a partnership with the Houston Independent School District. The nonprofit organizes groups of students from large, urban districts and sends them to elite colleges and universities as a unit and a pre-established peer support network.

Dr. Roberto Margo cleans his hands after attending to a canine patient. As a result of his large animal work, Margo has had back, shoulder, and arm surgery.
Dr. Roberto Margo cleans his hands after attending to a canine patient. As a result of his large animal work, Margo has had back, shoulder, and arm surgery.

Shortage of Rural Vets in Texas Creates a Challenge

As increasing numbers of graduating veterinary students choose to practice in big cities, a shortage of rural veterinarians has developed in parts of the state. The shortages are causing problems for ranchers, whose numbers are already on the decline. And older veterinarians in rural areas are having trouble finding successors. 

Chancellor of the Texas A&M System John Sharp discusses conference realignment with Evan Smith at TribLive on September 29, 2011.
Chancellor of the Texas A&M System John Sharp discusses conference realignment with Evan Smith at TribLive on September 29, 2011.

Texas A&M Looks for Savings, Finds a Fight

John Sharp, the new Texas A&M University System chancellor, is out to privatize services at the main campus in College Station, and he’s getting the kind of pushback that is pure gold for someone in his position. And if you're familiar with Sharp's time as state comptroller, it's a storyline that shouldn't come as a complete surprise.

John Lawler, a candidate for student body president at the University of Texas, talks with a student on the West Mall.
John Lawler, a candidate for student body president at the University of Texas, talks with a student on the West Mall.

Campus Election Seasons Provide Political Intrigue

Those seeking political drama this spring can look to the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University campuses, where student body election seasons have been anything but ordinary. The A&M races featured some high-profile, nontraditional candidates, and one presidential candidate at UT has taken the university to court.

Kent Hance: The TT Interview

The chancellor of the Texas Tech University system on the tier-one race, why the state should invest in higher education and, of course, his thoughts on former head football coach Mike Leach. Hance says that a key role for him in the tier-one race has been raising money and that his political background has served him well in that regard.

National pride was in abundance at the Mexican independence day festival at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. The holiday celebrates Mexico's war of independence from Spain in 1810.
National pride was in abundance at the Mexican independence day festival at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. The holiday celebrates Mexico's war of independence from Spain in 1810.

Texas DPS Warns Against Spring Break Travel to Mexico

UPDATED: The Texas Department of Public Safety today renewed a warning that cautions Texas students against traveling to Mexico. The break begins next week for most of the state’s schools.