Tribpedia: Texas State University System

During 40-Year Run, College President Has Made His Mark

Sam Monroe, the president of Lamar State College-Port Arthur, is shown on July 8, 2014. The state's longest-serving college president is stepping down in August after 40 years at the helm.
Sam Monroe, the president of Lamar State College-Port Arthur, is shown on July 8, 2014. The state's longest-serving college president is stepping down in August after 40 years at the helm.

When Sam Monroe steps down next month as president of Lamar State College-Port Arthur, a two-year school in Southeast Texas, he will conclude the state’s longest tenure for a president of a higher education institution.

Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, during an interview at Marfa Public Radio in Marfa, TX.
Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, during an interview at Marfa Public Radio in Marfa, TX.

Brian McCall: The TT Interview

The chancellor of the Texas State University System discusses the system's progress over the last four years, what it is still struggling with and the significance of $10,000 degrees.

Michael Stutz, a sculptor from San Diego, California, assists members of his team in installing his new creation, Four Faces, at Texas Tech University's Talkington Hall.
Michael Stutz, a sculptor from San Diego, California, assists members of his team in installing his new creation, Four Faces, at Texas Tech University's Talkington Hall.

Percent-for-Art Programs Gaining Steam on Campuses

Percent-for-art policies are becoming increasingly common at Texas public universities, and campus leaders say they contribute to the vibrancy of their institutions. The art provides more than just aesthetic beauty to the campus, leaders say. It also helps faculty and students understand art history.

Texas State University System Seal
Texas State University System Seal

Texas State Regent Nominee: Job Presents No Conflicts

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A Texas State University System Board of Regents nominee said Monday at a Senate committee hearing that his job as owner of the state's largest alternative teacher certification program would not conflict with his duties as a regent.

 

The Texas Tribune Festival 2012 Opening Session: A Conversation with Gov. Rick Perry and Evan Smith, Sept. 21, 2012.
The Texas Tribune Festival 2012 Opening Session: A Conversation with Gov. Rick Perry and Evan Smith, Sept. 21, 2012.

Three New University of Texas System Regents Named

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Gov. Rick Perry announced the appointment of Jeff Hildebrand and Ernest Aliseda, along with the re-appointment of Paul Foster of El Paso, to the University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday.

Texas State Receives Major Gift for Water Research

Across Texas, with state funding in shorter supply, public universities are increasingly relying upon philanthropy. Texas State University, which is announcing a major gift from The Meadows Foundation on Friday, is the latest example. The $1 million donation will help launch "The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment."

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.

Sam Houston State Sees Payoff With Advising Center

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A mere 30 percent of students who enroll as freshmen at Sam Houston State in Hunstville graduate in four years. But that is a big step up from where the university was a decade ago, and a nationally recognized advising center is given credit for the strides.

UTEP Seeks Success Beyond Graduation Rate

The University of Texas at El Paso's graduation rates are among the worst in the state: Just 10 percent of its students get their degrees within four years. But President Diana Natalicio is adamant that the metric doesn't accurately reflect the institution.

Four-Year Graduation Rates Lag, But Do They Matter?

The four-year graduation rates at Texas' public universities are staggeringly low. State officials acknowledge the numbers are dismal and are working to improve them. But not all higher ed leaders buy into the notion that such metrics matter.

President Trauth looks out at the campus of Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.
President Trauth looks out at the campus of Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.

Texas State Relishes New Status, Focuses on Future

Texas State University President Denise Trauth expects the institution's new emerging research classification to enhance its reputation and help in the recruitment of students and faculty. But it's also a ticket to join a race to become the state's next great public research university. And with that comes significant infusions of money.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 8/29/11

Aaronson on the stats behind the Texas Miracle, Aguilar on an area of the budget that didn't get cut during the session, Dehn and Tan wrap-up our 31 Days, 31 Ways project, Galbraith talks to Todd Staples about the drought, Grissom on controversial executions during Rick Perry's tenure (plus a visualization by Murphy and Seger), Hamilton on the Rodney Dangerfield of Texas universities, Philpott on the search for clues in past Perry debates, Ramshaw on Perry's opposition to abortion rights and Root on Perry's assurances to conservatives that his past won't embarrass them: The best of our best content from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2, 2011.

Chancellor Brian McCall of the Texas State University System speaks with Tribune reporter Reeve Hamilton on Aug. 5, 2010.
Chancellor Brian McCall of the Texas State University System speaks with Tribune reporter Reeve Hamilton on Aug. 5, 2010.

Texas State's Uphill Battle for Attention

When University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa unveiled his action plan last week, it was national news. Not so when Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, did the exact same thing — a week earlier. It's a prime illustration of the uphill battle for attention faced by a public university in Texas that has neither the Longhorns nor the Aggies as a mascot.

Audio: Student Leaders Discuss Higher Ed Reform

Natalie Butler and Christopher Covo, are both student leaders from public universities in Texas. But they find themselves on different sides of the state's ongoing higher education reform debate. They recently sat down to hash out their differences with Trib reporter Reeve Hamilton.