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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Texas A&M Looks for Savings, Finds a Fight

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.

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.

Chancellor of the Texas A&M System John Sharp makes a point to the TribLive audience at the Austin Club on September 29, 2011.
Chancellor of the Texas A&M System John Sharp makes a point to the TribLive audience at the Austin Club on September 29, 2011.

At A&M System, Sharp Investing in Faculty Recruiting

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp is launching a $5 million effort to bring Nobel laureates and other prominent scholars to College Station. He says he plans to adopt a similar approach throughout the university system.

Douglas McAffe inspecting the insulation of a house in central Austin.
Douglas McAffe inspecting the insulation of a house in central Austin.

Building Codes to Tighten Across Texas

In January, Texas will adopt a statewide building code that should cut the energy consumption of new single-family homes by more than 15 percent, and big cities like Houston are jumping even further ahead. But builders worry that the increased costs could keep some prospective home buyers out of the market.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 10/17/11

Hamilton on efforts to boost faculty productivity, Grissom on newly uncovered evidence in an old murder case, Galbraith on a wind-powered construction boom, Dehn unfurls the new Texas Tribune Weekend Insider, Aguilar on this year's record number of deportations, Ramshaw and Tan on budget cuts and cervical cancer screenings, M. Smith on local control over student grades, Root and Ramshaw on Rick Perry's latest debate performance, Philpott on an issue that didn't get its due in that debate and Titus and Murphy on fundraising and spending in congressional races: The best of our best content from October 17 to 21, 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.
UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.

A Fight Outlasts the Proposal that Sparked It

Texas Weekly

 A recurring theme questioned the status quo of the boards that govern higher education at this week’s day-long meeting of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency: Are the boards that govern higher education due for more restrictive conflict-of-interest policies?

Rep. Dan Branch R-Dallas and Sen. Judith Zaffirini D-Laredo, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Transparency during meeting on September 21st, 2011
Rep. Dan Branch R-Dallas and Sen. Judith Zaffirini D-Laredo, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence & Transparency during meeting on September 21st, 2011

Higher Ed Oversight Committee Revisits "Solutions"

The day-long inaugural hearing of the Joint Oversight Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, and Transparency featured national experts weighing in on how to — and how not to — make universities in Texas more accountable and transparent.