Tribpedia: University Of Texas System

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The University of Texas System is the largest university system in the state. The system includes nine academic campuses and six medical campuses.

The flagship campus of the UT System is the University of Texas at Austin. Other academic campuses are at the University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Brownsville, University of Texas at Dallas, Univeresity of ...

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Daniel Ortuño, who manages the 1.5 million drilling records stored at the University of Texas at Austin's Bureau of Economic Geology, examines well data in what he calls the "spooky room," home to thousands of records that he has not yet organized. State water researchers are using information from some logs to map potential water sources.
Daniel Ortuño, who manages the 1.5 million drilling records stored at the University of Texas at Austin's Bureau of Economic Geology, examines well data in what he calls the "spooky room," home to thousands of records that he has not yet organized. State water researchers are using information from some logs to map potential water sources.

Old Drilling Logs Help Researchers Map Brackish Water

As drought grips most of Texas, researchers are combing the state's 1.5 million drilling records to map brackish water in the state's 30 aquifers — hidden resources that could help quench the state’s long-term thirst.

Attorney Rusty Hardin looks over his notes at the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations on October 22, 2013.
Attorney Rusty Hardin looks over his notes at the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations on October 22, 2013.

Hardin: Impeachment Recommendations Up to Committee

What the members of the legislative committee investigating a University of Texas System regent do with a report laying out four potential bases for his impeachment is "entirely up to them," the committee's special counsel said Thursday.

Students on the University of Texas at Austin campus.
Students on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

UT-Austin Faculty Objects to Shared Services Plan

A proposal to save money by consolidating administrative services at the University of Texas at Austin has encountered resistance from faculty members, who call it "part of the overly zealous, profit-motivated corporatist mandate." A similar proposal implemented at Texas A&M University in 2012 also met resistance.

Texas Southern University students Chassity Piece (center) and Briana Falls (right) walk to class on Feb. 22, 2012.
Texas Southern University students Chassity Piece (center) and Briana Falls (right) walk to class on Feb. 22, 2012.

Earnings Data Included in Latest Higher Ed Almanac

For the first time since it launched in 2011, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's annual almanac includes earnings data from the Texas Unemployment Insurance Wage Record File. A key discussion that could benefit from the latest edition of the almanac is one on how to push students to graduate on time.

Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.
Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.

As UT Inquiries Mount, So Have Frustrations

More than 2,000 pages of heavily redacted email documents — many pages were blacked out entirely — clearly reveal growing tensions among regents and top administrators at the University of Texas System and its flagship university. The Tribune and others sought the documents after Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa resigned earlier this year.

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa at a Board of Regents meeting in Austin.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa at a Board of Regents meeting in Austin.

In Cigarroa's Wake, Major Gains and Significant Discord

Francisco Cigarroa's five years as chancellor of the University of Texas System were as notable for what was achieved as they were for the level of discord reached at the system and on its board of regents. In some ways, given Cigarroa's atypical background, his arrival was more surprising than his impending departure.

Senator Wendy Davis addresses the Texas Democratic Women’s Convention in Austin, TX.
Senator Wendy Davis addresses the Texas Democratic Women’s Convention in Austin, TX.

Wendy Davis Weighs in on UT Chancellor Search

In a letter on Friday to Paul Foster, the chairman of the University of Texas System board of regents, gubernatorial candidate and state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, encouraged the system to conduct an "open, transparent and thorough national search" for a new chancellor.

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left) and UT Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster are shown at the announcement of Cigarroa's resignation on Feb. 10, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left) and UT Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster are shown at the announcement of Cigarroa's resignation on Feb. 10, 2014.

UT Hires Search Firm, Seeks Suggestions for Chancellor

As University of Texas System regents hired consultants to help find a successor for Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, UT-Austin's president said he would be comfortable with Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek, the governor's reported favorite for the post.

A ninth-grade student returns a classroom calculator to its pouch after a pre-advanced placement algebra class at Bowie High School in Austin.
A ninth-grade student returns a classroom calculator to its pouch after a pre-advanced placement algebra class at Bowie High School in Austin.

Despite New Law, Algebra II Still a College Requirement

Though a new law removes algebra II as a core requirement for a high school diploma, many Texas universities say they have no plans to change their admissions standards to drop the advanced math course. Instead, higher education officials say many schools will continue raising the bar for new applicants.

Oct. 31, 2012: TribLive event with Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek
Oct. 31, 2012: TribLive event with Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek

Sources: Perry Backing Janek for UT Chancellor

Gov. Rick Perry is quietly lobbying for current Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Kyle Janek to be the next chancellor of the University of Texas System. UT's board of regents is looking for someone to replace Francisco Cigarroa, who said earlier this month that he will leave the post as soon as a replacement can be found.

Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, Gov. Rick Perry and UT Board Chairman Gene Powell celebrate the merger at UT-Pan American on July 16, 2013.
Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, Gov. Rick Perry and UT Board Chairman Gene Powell celebrate the merger at UT-Pan American on July 16, 2013.

Analysis: College Resignations Pose a Question: Legacy or Change?

Job openings atop the state's big universities give regents and Rick Perry, the lame-duck governor who appointed them, a chance to extend his legacy — to name replacements who would continue his policies and politics when he's gone — or to set the stage for his successor.

University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall, Jr. laughs during The Role of Regents panel at TribFest on September 28, 2013.
University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall, Jr. laughs during The Role of Regents panel at TribFest on September 28, 2013.

Online Public Records, With a Hint of More to Come

The University of Texas System is publishing a little bit of public information online in a way that makes it obvious what it ought to do next. Information about requests for public records is published, but not the public records produced to answer those requests.

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the media about his legislative proirities as Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (l) and House Speaker Joe Straus (r) listen on January 9, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the media about his legislative proirities as Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (l) and House Speaker Joe Straus (r) listen on January 9, 2013.

Perry, Straus Reach Out to Appointees Amid Hall Inquiry

In the last month, both Gov. Rick Perry and House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, have reached out to gubernatorial appointees to share their thoughts on government oversight, which has become a touchy subject in light of an investigation of a University of Texas System regent.

 

House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations co-chairs Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, during a hearing on Oct. 22, 2013.
House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations co-chairs Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, and Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, during a hearing on Oct. 22, 2013.

Committee Investigating Hall Nears End of Inquiry

The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations is set to begin its latest round of hearings Wednesday on University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall. With Hall declining an invitation to testify without a subpoena, and with no hearings scheduled beyond this week, the panel could wrap up without ever hearing directly from Hall.