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 ...

Emails Reflect Strain Over UT Regent's Records Requests

Over two dozen boxes containing open records requests from the University of Texas system have been retrieved for use by UT Austin.
Over two dozen boxes containing open records requests from the University of Texas system have been retrieved for use by UT Austin.

Emails from a University of Texas at Austin administrator to the UT System Board of Regents' general counsel, obtained by the Tribune through an open records request, highlight the strain caused by Regent Wallace Hall’s recent records requests and also reveal some of the legal questions prompted by the requests.

Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, Jr. takes notes at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013 in Austin.
Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, Jr. takes notes at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013 in Austin.

UT Regent Wallace Hall: "Mea Culpa"

In an exclusive interview with Texas Monthly, controversial University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall acknowledged that he did not recognize the need for ongoing communication with the Legislature.

UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell, r, convenes the meeting with Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa on April 11, 2013.
UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell, r, convenes the meeting with Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa on April 11, 2013.

UT Regents Vote to Turn Records Over To Lawmakers

The University of Texas System regents voted unanimously Thursday to turn over documents to state legislators that they had considered withholding and to have the attorney general conduct a review of the University of Texas Law School Foundation.

UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, l, and Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp at TribLive on March 28, 2013.
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, l, and Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp at TribLive on March 28, 2013.

TribLive: A Conversation with Cigarroa and Sharp

Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of The University of Texas System, and John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, join Evan Smith, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Tribune, in a conversation about higher education and the future of Texas' largest two university systems. 

 

This event was recorded before a live audience in Austin on March 28, 2013. TribLives feature moderated discussion with our honored guests followed by questions from the audience. For more information on Tribune events, please visit http://www.texastribune.org/events/.

University of Texas System Regent Alex Cranberg
University of Texas System Regent Alex Cranberg

Guest Column: The UT Story Not Being Told

When the drama surrounding recent decisions by the University of Texas System regents dominates the conversation about higher education, the truly critical issues facing our students and their families are left unexamined.

UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.
UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.

UT System Asks to Withhold Records From Lawmakers

The University of Texas System has, by its own count, received four expansive records requests from lawmakers, who typically enjoy privileged access to confidential documents. But system leaders aren't sure they want to turn all the information over.

University of Texas at Austin President, William Powers - Dec. 14, 2011
University of Texas at Austin President, William Powers - Dec. 14, 2011

An Advantage for Powers, for Eight More Weeks

Texas Weekly

The tension between the University of Texas System, its flagship university in Austin, and Texas lawmakers, including a majority of the Senate, does not appear to be dissipating. But there are only eight weeks until the legislative session ends and most lawmakers go home.

Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, Jr. takes notes at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013 in Austin.
Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, Jr. takes notes at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on Feb. 14, 2013 in Austin.

UT Regent Hall Failed to Disclose Lawsuits

University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall didn't disclose a long history of courtroom battles before his Senate confirmation two years ago, a lapse that prompted some lawmakers to say they feel misled. Hall says he will provide the information now, but key lawmakers say they should have had it in hand two years ago.

Is Perry-Powers Tension About College Rivalry, Policy?

The undercurrents of the bickering between Gov. Rick Perry's administration and UT-Austin President Bill Powers offer a gold mine for the conspiratorial set, with fuel for every obsession: politics, deep school rivalries, policy and governance. If the squabbles are based on personality alone, they'll be over when the names change. 

 

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, moves away from the podium after moving to briefly postpone discussion on SB1 the budget bill on June 9, 2011.
House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, moves away from the podium after moving to briefly postpone discussion on SB1 the budget bill on June 9, 2011.

Pitts Amendments Would Limit Authority of UT Regents

Multiple amendments to the budget pre-filed by House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, would limit the spending authority of the University of Texas System regents.

Tom Lindsay, Director of the Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation
Tom Lindsay, Director of the Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation

Guest Column: Only Regents Can Reform Higher Education

Texas Weekly

In their efforts to prevent a micromanaging crisis at the University of Texas at Austin by the UT System's regents, lawmakers will instead prevent regents from managing a crisis in higher education.

Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, John Sharp, photographed at the System offices in Austin on March 14, 2013
Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, John Sharp, photographed at the System offices in Austin on March 14, 2013

At A&M, Sharp Charts Smooth Course for Major Changes

Halfway through his first legislative session as chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, and after a year and a half on the job, the benefits of John Sharp’s political savvy are on full display. He is shepherding A&M through a far smoother session than its chief rival, the University of Texas System.

State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas,l, and State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, shake hands upon convening the Joint Committee on Higher Education Oversight on March 19, 2013.
State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas,l, and State Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, shake hands upon convening the Joint Committee on Higher Education Oversight on March 19, 2013.

Updated: Panel Discusses UT System Records Request

Sen. Kel Seliger, who co-chairs the Legislature's joint higher education oversight committee, said UT regents should have access to the information they have requested, but the committee wants to make sure it is being gathered and used appropriately.

UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.
UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.

Cigarroa: "Less Safe" Environment With Campus Carry

As lawmakers prepare to discuss allowing concealed handguns in college and university buildings on Thursday, the chancellor of the state's largest university system continues to express his concerns with such proposals.

 

UT Regents Face Allegations of Meddling

Lawmakers are preparing to examine whether or not the University of Texas System regents are micromanaging their flagship university, while trying to prevent the session from being overwhelmed by controversies reminiscent of 2011. Meanwhile, regents balk at the notion that their actions warrant the use of the "m" word.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 2/18/13

Grissom begins a gripping series on mental health and criminal justice, Hamilton and White on the Senate’s defense of UT-Austin, Murphy’s interactive look at public school test scores, Ramshaw finds the governor digging in on the Medicaid expansion, Rocha and Dehn visit a weapons maker with Ted Cruz, M. Smith explores another angle on unpopular standardized testing, Batheja on a car that drives right past state laws, Aguilar reports on the other immigration problem, Aaronson on a break in the race for a cancer cure: The best of our best for the week of February 18-22, 2012.

Students cross a bridge over a resaca on the University of Texas Brownsville and Texas Southmost College campuses on Monday.
Students cross a bridge over a resaca on the University of Texas Brownsville and Texas Southmost College campuses on Monday.

Plan for Rio Grande Valley University Praised at Hearing

Legislators from the Rio Grande Valley presented the House Higher Education Committee with a bill to create a new regional University of Texas System school in the region. The new university would combine the resources of UT-Brownsville, UT-Pan American and the regional medical center.