covers higher education and politics for The Texas Tribune and hosts the Tribune's weekly podcast. His writing has also appeared in Texas Monthly and The Texas Observer. Born in Houston and raised in Massachusetts, he has a bachelor's degree in English from Vanderbilt University.
Even in gubernatorial circles, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Just ask Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who recently announced a $10,000 degree challenge modeled after the approach of his Texas counterpart, Gov. Rick Perry.
With affirmation from voters, little stands between the University of Texas at Austin and its desired medical school except hard work and collaboration. It could open as early as 2015, though leaders say 2016 is probably more realistic.
The attorney general's office has ruled that no laws prevent the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from allowing foreign medical schools to send students to complete their training in Texas hospitals.
Since its deregulation in 2003, the average cost of tuition and fees at public Texas universities has increased by 90 percent. Some lawmakers are hoping the 2013 session will provide a chance to once again regulate the price of higher education.
The process Larry Sager, the UT law school's former dean, used to secure a $500,000 loan for himself was not transparent and created "an impression of self-dealing that cannot be condoned," according to a report released Tuesday.
The University of Texas System Board of Regents will meet this week and consider, among many things, whether to approve the construction of a system office building in downtown Austin that is projected to cost $102,417,000.
On Saturday morning, just more than a year after it was established, WGU Texas, the state's online university, held its first-ever graduation ceremony. Gov. Rick Perry called it "proof" that establishing the school was a good idea.
Anxieties about the future of Sul Ross State University are on the rise in Alpine, and Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall is countering arguments that another system might be a better fit.