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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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.

University of Texas President Bill Powers announces UT's commitment to the Big 12 Conference.
University of Texas President Bill Powers announces UT's commitment to the Big 12 Conference.

UT President Given Power to Tackle Conference Issue

The University of Texas System regents today gave UT President Bill Powers the authority to take any necessary actions regarding conference realignment, another step in the university's possible departure from the Big 12. Hours earlier, Oklahoma University regents granted their president the same authority.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 8/15/11

Aaronson analyzes TWIA claims and lawyer fees, Aguilar talks border security and voter ID with Chuy Hinojosa, Grissom on the latest inmate exonerated via DNA evidence, Hamilton interviews John Sharp on higher ed and the SEC, Murphy interactively maps the changes wrought by redistricting, Philpott on who's running Texas while Rick Perry is out campaigning for president, Ramsey on Perry's history of off-the-cuff remarks, Ramshaw on Perry's childhood years in Paint Creek, Root on Perry's extraordinary first week on the trail and Tan on even more ways Texas will change on Sept. 1: The best of our best content from Aug. 15-19, 2011.

Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign stop on Aug. 14, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Iowa State Fair during a campaign stop on Aug. 14, 2011.

Road Work

Texas Weekly

Who knew, when the 1998 race for lieutenant governor was raging, that the combatants would end up like this: Rick Perry is picking his way across Iowa and New Hampshire with his sights set on the White House, and John Sharp is the chancellor-apparent at the Texas A&M University System.

Whodathunkit?

For Sharp, a New Kind of Politics

Texas Weekly

Though former Comptroller John Sharp, the newly named chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, has logged many years in public service, Sharp said he’s heard that the politics he’s about to encounter in academia “are 10 times worse.”