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 Governor Rick Perry talks about the Texas economy while speaking in front of a Boeing 787 airplane during the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about the Texas economy while speaking in front of a Boeing 787 airplane during the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Weaver has a Candidate, but It's Not Rick Perry

John Weaver, a Texan and one of a class of political consultants who rose through Texas politics to national campaigns, is working for an anti-Washington presidential candidate who is touting his success as a governor in cutting state spending, reforming taxes and making his state a magnet for business. But it’s not Rick Perry, a fellow Aggie. It’s Jon Huntsman, the former governor of Utah.

Quiz: Who Said What About Higher Ed?

The current controversy dominating the higher education headlines in Texas is nothing if not nuanced. It's hard for anyone to disagree with the broad buzzwords used by both sides: accountability, productivity, excellence, accessibility, transparency, etc. But, the devil's in the details. See if you can read between the lines and figure out who said what about higher ed in our latest quiz.

The Texas Capitol in the twilight of the 82nd legislative session.
The Texas Capitol in the twilight of the 82nd legislative session.

20 Weeks in Texas in Which the Budget Held Sway

The 82nd Texas Legislature’s regular session ends as it started, with lawmakers arguing about a shrunken state budget and redistricting. With Republicans operating with a supermajority in the House and a commanding majority in the Senate, there was little doubt that the GOP would be able to impose its will. What was new was the power exerted by the Tea Party movement.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of May 23, 2011

Root profiles conservative activist Michael Quinn Sullivan, Aaronson on the Senate's flare-up over an airport groping ban, Grissom on some twisted logic in the state's same-sex marriage laws, Murphy and Macrander expand and refresh our public employee salary database, yours truly with the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll results on politicsissuesthe state's finances, and race, Ramshaw's report on how some of the governor's former aides now represent clients who want more money in the state budget, M. Smith on last-minute efforts to save education legislation that didn't make it through the process, Tan reports on efforts to finish the state budget before the session ends on Monday, and Dehn with the video week in review: The best of our best from May 9 to 13, 2011.

Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University

Chairman of A&M Regents Responds to Faculty Concerns

Last week, Texas A&M University System Board of Regents chairman Richard Box received a letter from five Texas A&M University professors (along with more than 530 other faculty members who had electronically co-signed) concerned about his intended direction for the system. Today, he responded, saying, "We are all in this together."

Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University

Texas A&M Faculty Want Transparency From Regents

The ongoing debate about the future of of Texas higher education has, until this point, been most dynamic at the University of Texas at Austin, where students, faculty, and alumni have written a series of concerned letter to their regents. With a recent dispatch from the Texas A&M University faculty, that appears to be changing.

Overshadowed, Med Schools Face Drastic Reductions

Texas medical schools feel like the scorned children of the state’s education budget. Lost amid the pleas of parents to restore funding for public education, and the demands of college students to preserve financial aid, the state’s health care institutions say few seem to understand the drastic situation they face. Med schools say they won’t be able to fully fund the students currently enrolled, and could be forced to curb new admissions next year.

Chancellor Dr. Fransisco Cigarroa at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting in Austin on May 11, 2011.
Chancellor Dr. Fransisco Cigarroa at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting in Austin on May 11, 2011.

A Tale of Two Texas University System Chancellors

At the end of a turbulent week in Texas higher education, the circumstances of the chancellors of the state’s two largest university systems stand in stark contrast. One, Mike McKinney, chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, abruptly announced his retirement, effective July 1, having been quietly encouraged to do so by members of the board of regents. The other, chancellor of the University of Texas System, won unanimous support from his board of regents after he outlined his vision for advancing excellence throughout the system.

Full Video: TPPF's Higher Ed Reform Panel

At a panel hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Bill Powers, the president of the University of Texas, and Robert Strawser, an accounting professor at Texas A&M University and the speaker of its faculty senate, responded to the conservative think tank's proposed higher education reforms. They were defended by Ronald Trowbridge, a senior fellow at TPPF and a former vice president of Hillsdale College in Michigan. Here is the full video.

Victoria mayor Will Armstrong discusses the University of Houston-Victoria in front of an aerial photo of Victoria.
Victoria mayor Will Armstrong discusses the University of Houston-Victoria in front of an aerial photo of Victoria.

Univ. of Houston-Victoria Looks to Texas A&M System

In January, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching elevated the University of Houston to its top tier of research universities. But, in the ensuing celebration for this hard-to-achieve accolade, some are feeling left out. An influential band of the 62,500 or so residents of Victoria, home of the University of Houston-Victoria — a smaller, more rural member of the University of Houston System, about 130 miles from the main campus — is leading a movement to part ways with the parent system.