Tribpedia: Tier One Universities

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Texas is home to three universities that have received the tier-one designation: The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and the private Rice University.

Schools that receive at least $100 million each year in research grants, have selective admissions and low student-faculty ratios and competitive faculty salaries are typically considered tier-one universities.

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At UH, a Push for Tier One Prompts Praise and Questions

Renu Khator, president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the University of Houston System, at the Texas state Capitol on Sept. 15, 2014.
Renu Khator, president of the University of Houston and chancellor of the University of Houston System, at the Texas state Capitol on Sept. 15, 2014.

Perhaps no institution has embraced the quest to be tier one as much as the University of Houston. But while the aggressive transformation of the university has drawn praise, it has also prompted questions about the college’s role in both the community and the university system.

The University of Houston Sugar Land campus, photographed on April 1, 2014. It will soon become a branch campus of the UH flagship, prompting consternation at UH-Victoria.
The University of Houston Sugar Land campus, photographed on April 1, 2014. It will soon become a branch campus of the UH flagship, prompting consternation at UH-Victoria.

UH Changes in Sugar Land Spark Confusion in Victoria

The University of Houston System's plan to convert a teaching center in Sugar Land to a branch campus of its flagship university was welcomed by Sugar Land but prompted bewilderment in Victoria, where leaders are concerned about what the change means for the future of the University of Houston-Victoria.

University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator
University of Houston System Chancellor Renu Khator

At the University of Houston, Perception is a Challenge

For University of Houston President Renu Khator, the biggest challenge in her ongoing effort to raise the institution's reputation may be public perception that hers is a "university of last choice." Following five years of rapid growth, she said, "now, people are choosing us over other very good universities."

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.

U. of Houston Creates Major Fund to Attract Key Faculty

University of Houston President Renu Khator is setting aside $30 million to bring in 60 new faculty members over the next two years, all of them in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The hope is that the effort will go a long way in lifting the prestige and global competitiveness of the university, as well as help Houston meet its workforce needs.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/5/11

M. Smith on Rick Perry's allergic reaction to federal school money, E. Smith elicits Ted Cruz's take on David Dewhurst, Root and Ramshaw cover Perry's first presidential debate, Ramshaw and Aguilar poke at Perry's immigration record and how it plays among Republicans, Hamilton on the dash for top status among Texas colleges, Galbraith on an environmental ruling from the White House that got conservative applause and one that didn't, Grissom has the latest on the Willingham arson case and the state's plans to look at other fires and Aaronson's widget for comparing the presidential candidates: The best of our best content from Sept. 5 to 9, 2011.

Guest Column: Another Look at UT Productivity Report

The report on UT teachers' productivity by Richard Vedder and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity is technically accurate — but substantively misleading. A deeper analysis raises troubling questions about how Vedder would change UT.

The University of Texas at Austin.
The University of Texas at Austin.

Texas Panel Debates Future of Research Universities

A panel of higher education and business executives at the University of Texas at Austin reflected high anxiety about the future of research universities — especially in Texas, which has just three of the nation's top research universities compared to California's nine.

William Powers Jr., UT President and R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M President at TribLive on April 28, 2011.
William Powers Jr., UT President and R. Bowen Loftin, Texas A&M President at TribLive on April 28, 2011.

Audio: Bill Powers and Bowen Loftin at TribLive

At last Thursday's TribLive conversation, I interviewed Bill Powers and Bowen Loftin, the presidents of the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University, respectively, about the need for higher education reform, the impact of budget cuts, the predicament of middling graduation rates and more.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of Apr. 18, 2011

Hamilton on Victoria's efforts to divorce the University of Houston, Ramshaw on a disagreement between right-to-life groups over laws governing when life ends, E. Smith's TribLive interview with Sen. Kel Seliger and Rep. Burt Solomons on redistricting, Aguilar's interview with the mayor of Juárez, Tan on the continuing hunt for money to buy down budget cuts, Grissom on a psychologist who found more than a dozen inmates mentally competent to face the death penalty, Stiles and yours truly on the House redistricting maps and Galbraith on cutting or killing a tax break for high-cost natural gas producers: The best of our best content from April 11 to 15, 2011.

State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, explains HB 1000.
State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, explains HB 1000.

Tier-One Prize Money Tentatively Passes House

For those betting on the horserace to be the next state's next public national research — or  tier one — university, the winners are about to be crowned. Today, the House tentatively passed House Bill 1000 by House Higher Education Chairman Dan Branch, R-Dallas, which creates a mechanism for them to claim their prize money.

House Speaker Joe Straus
House Speaker Joe Straus

Interview: Speaker Joe Straus on the Budget and Session

House Speaker Joe Straus was interviewed eariler this week by Jim Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, government prof and half of the Tribune's polling team, about the session so far, the budget, gambling, rewriting state taxes, federal stimulus money and what he thinks about the tempest over research and teaching at the state's top universities.

Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega, associate professor of bioengineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, discusses his research with university president Jim Spaniolo.
Dr. Mario Romero-Ortega, associate professor of bioengineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, discusses his research with university president Jim Spaniolo.

Tier-One Contender Wary of Cuts

Jim Spaniolo, the president of UT-Arlington, said the university is committed to increasing its engagement with research that “could change the quality of life of many, many people” — but funding cuts resulting from the state’s budget shortfall would slow that momentum.

Charles Miller, chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents, conducts a regular meeting on August 6, 2003 in San Antonio.
Charles Miller, chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents, conducts a regular meeting on August 6, 2003 in San Antonio.

Ex-UT Regent on Demography, Tuition Deregulation

The former chairman of the UT System Board of Regents on why demography is destiny, why higher education isn't necessarily the key determinant of the state’s economic future, why Texas doesn't need more tier-one schools and how colleges abuse the financial aid system.

Emerging Research Universities Vie for Tier One Status

It could take years before the seven emerging research universities in Texas (Texas Tech University, the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas at El Paso) transform themselves into top-tier research campuses — if they do at all. But the state now pays them for demonstrated progress toward that goal, pitting them against one another in competition for limited funds. Officials from all seven will appear before a joint hearing of the House and Senate higher education committees today, seeking to show off progress to lawmakers and to size up where they stand against their peers.