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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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.

Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director Phil Wilson gets a ride in a Google self-driving car on Feb. 19, 2013, in front of the Hilton Austin.
Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director Phil Wilson gets a ride in a Google self-driving car on Feb. 19, 2013, in front of the Hilton Austin.

Report: Make Transportation Technology a Priority

Transportation officials see emerging technologies playing a role in helping the state address issues like traffic congestion and safety. A new report, commissioned by the Texas Department of Transportation, stresses the need for the state to consider partnering with the private sector on related initiatives. 

In College Station, Another Fight Over a President

The big shots at Texas A&M University ought to be relaxing and enjoying this week's battles over UT-Austin's football coach and president, but they're stuck in a political fight of their own — pitting their chancellor’s choice for an interim president against the governor’s choice, with their regents caught in the middle.

University of Texas President Bill Powers during the December 12th, 2013 UT System  Board of Regents meeting in Austin, Texas
University of Texas President Bill Powers during the December 12th, 2013 UT System Board of Regents meeting in Austin, Texas

UT President Powers Keeps Job, Encouraged to Improve

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers is keeping his job for the foreseeable future following a Thursday meeting of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, at which there was a chance of his future being put to a vote.

Bill Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin, at a TribLive event on April 28, 2011.
Bill Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin, at a TribLive event on April 28, 2011.

Powers' Supporters Wary as Board Mulls His Fate

After years of speculation, Bill Powers' future as president of the University of Texas at Austin may finally be put to a vote by the UT System's Board of Regents on Thursday. His supporters are warily hoping for a vote of confidence.

Chairman Gene Powell gavels in the meeting April 10, 2013 where the UT Board of Regents voted to turn over records to lawmakers regarding the Law School Foundation.
Chairman Gene Powell gavels in the meeting April 10, 2013 where the UT Board of Regents voted to turn over records to lawmakers regarding the Law School Foundation.

UT System Approves $196 Million for South Texas Campus

The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday approved $196 million from the Permanent University Fund for a new university in South Texas.

Regent Paul Foster at the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting Aug. 22, 2013.
Regent Paul Foster at the University of Texas System Board of Regents meeting Aug. 22, 2013.

UT System Seeks AG Opinion on Attorney-Client Privilege

The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Monday voted to seek an opinion from the attorney general regarding the system's ability to assert attorney client privilege to restrict public testimony in legislative hearings regarding one of their members.

UT System Releases Proposed Names for New Campus

The University of Texas System released five potential name and logo combinations for its new university in the Rio Grande Valley on Monday and invited the public to weigh in.

The proposed names are: The University of Texas for the Americas; The University of Texas Las Americas; The University of Texas International; The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; and The University of Texas South.

The board of regents will make the final decision, but the public is invited to contribute their feeback — and even submit other suggestions — until Dec. 6. The new university, which will merge the University of Texas-Pan American, the University of Texas-Brownsville, and a new medical school, is expected to enroll its first class in 2015.

The logo and school colors will be chosen by the new university president, who has not yet been selected, with input from students and the community. According to system rules, one of the colors must be a shade of orange.