Tribpedia: Texas State University System

Chancellors: University Expansion is Good for Texas

On Jan. 20, 2016, the Texas House Higher Education Committee discussed efforts to grow educational programs with University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven.
On Jan. 20, 2016, the Texas House Higher Education Committee discussed efforts to grow educational programs with University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven.

The chancellors of Texas’s top university systems defended their ambitious expansion plans to lawmakers Wednesday and some pushed back against the idea of more oversight of their growth. 

 

Video: Cracking the Higher Ed Completion Code

At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, I talked about the challenge of increasing higher ed outcomes with Chancellor Brian McCall of the Texas State University System; Elaine Mendoza, vice chair of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents; former University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; and Wynn Rosser, CEO of the Greater Texas Foundation.

Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at  Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.
Chelsea Stewart listens to a lecture in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.

Free Freshman Year? Texas State Hopes To Try It Out

The Texas State University System is experimenting with using massive open online courses to allow students to effectively fulfill a year's requirements at little cost before they arrive on campus, an option aimed at working students and the military among others. 

After bodies decompose into bones, researchers organize the skeletons in the labs of the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University.
After bodies decompose into bones, researchers organize the skeletons in the labs of the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University.

Texas Body Farm Researchers Use Corpses to Solve Crimes

Freeman Ranch in San Marcos is home to about 50 human corpses donated to the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University, which uses them to conduct research that can help medical examiners identify bodies, rescuers find missing persons and law enforcement solve crimes. 

University of Texas at Austin students pass by the Main Building on their way to and from classes.
University of Texas at Austin students pass by the Main Building on their way to and from classes.

Universities Try Again on Construction Funding

In 2013, billions of dollars in bonds to pay for new campus buildings slipped through the grasp of state universities and colleges in the session's closing moments. Another bond package is now moving swiftly through the chambers, and university leaders hope not to repeat that fate.  

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.

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

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.