Tribpedia: Texas A&M University System

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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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.

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.