Tribpedia: University Of Texas System

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 ...

Online Public Records, With a Hint of More to Come

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.

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.

 

State Rep. Dan Flynn (right), R-Van, talks to state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, on Oct. 23, 2013. Van is co-chair of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, whose members include Fischer.
State Rep. Dan Flynn (right), R-Van, talks to state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, on Oct. 23, 2013. Van is co-chair of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, whose members include Fischer.

Lawmaker Eyes Access to UT Regents' Computers

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer believes that the investigation into whether a University of Texas System regent should be impeached could require a look at UT regents' personal computers, iPads and smartphones.

Gov. Rick Perry holds his Texas driver's license and his wallet as he heads to a west Austin early voting site on October 30, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry holds his Texas driver's license and his wallet as he heads to a west Austin early voting site on October 30, 2013.

Perry Blasts Impeachment Probe of Wallace Hall

Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday called the ongoing impeachment investigation into University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall “extraordinary political theater,” and said his appointee’s quest for voluminous records from the University of Texas at Austin was justified. 

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.

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, testifies at the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations regarding UT Regent Wallace Hall on October 22, 2013.
State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, testifies at the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations regarding UT Regent Wallace Hall on October 22, 2013.

Pitts: Enough Evidence to Impeach UT Regent Hall

UPDATED: In testimony before a legislative committee on Tuesday, state Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, made his case for why he believes University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall should be impeached.

UT-Austin Announces Gift to College of Communication

The University of Texas at Austin announced on Monday a $50 million gift from the Moody Foundation to its College of Communication, which will be renamed the Moody College of Communication. A press release called it the "the largest endowment for the study of communication of any public university in the nation."

Ronald DePinho, president of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, visiting labs on the south campus in Houston Monday Sept 30, 2013.
Ronald DePinho, president of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, visiting labs on the south campus in Houston Monday Sept 30, 2013.

MD Anderson Enlists IBM Supercomputer to Fight Cancer

Representatives from the MD Anderson Cancer Center and IBM on Friday announced their collaboration on a project that uses a supercomputer to cull big data to help physicians recommend treatments for cancer patients.

UT System Chancellor to Address Fundraising Reporting

UPDATED: The University of Texas System chancellor plans to send letters to leaders at the system’s 15 institutions to address how they report alumni membership dues in their fundraising totals. Some people have been counted as donors to UT-Austin simply for paying their membership dues to the alumni association, and a UT regent has challenged that calculation.

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, talks about HB 1 to a colleague on April 3, 2013.
State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, talks about HB 1 to a colleague on April 3, 2013.

Pitts Says He Wrote Recommendation Letter for Son

State Rep. Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, acknowledged writing a law school recommendation for his son but strongly denied attempting to exert any undue influence over the admission process. “Did I ever call for my son — or the over one hundred people I’ve recommended over the years — and ask for special treatment?" he asked. "No, I did not.”