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.
It has been more than two decades since a Texas university was selected to lead one of the National Science Foundation's prestigious engineering research centers, but the University of Texas at Austin has broken the streak.
The federal College Assistance Migrant Program started in 1972 at four colleges, two of which were in Texas. Of those four, only St. Edward's University in Austin has kept the program in continuous operation for 40 years.
In an effort to address lagging student success in required algebra courses, the University of Texas at Arlington is taking an approach that is becoming more common throughout the country: letting computers do the teaching.
Reeve, Evan, Becca and Julián discuss Julián Castro's keynote at the Democratic National Convention, the latest in Texas' push for Voter ID, and the controversy surrounding Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman.
The likely future state senator from District 25 on which issues she would want to work on while in office, what she thinks of the Senate's "two-thirds" rule and how she would approach the state's budget.
After one year, University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Board Chairman Gene Powell are proud of the progress they've made on their "Framework for Advancing Excellence," even as others begin to question it.
Public research universities around the state are looking to absorb medical schools, which represents a break from Texas' traditional set up and may require some major legislative changes. But only if they can make the funding work.
Reeve, Ben, Morgan and Jim review the latest news from the Republican National Convention, forecast the fight over school vouchers in the Texas Senate and try to clear up the confusion surrounding redistricting.
According to Washington Monthly's new college rankings, which uses unconventional methodology, Texas A&M University is the country's second-best institution. And the next best school from Texas? The University of Texas at El Paso.
Rather than keep any bonus he earns under the University of Texas System's new incentive pay plan for presidents, University of Texas-Pan American President Robert Nelsen plans to give the bonuses to his institution.
This week, both Brian McCall, chancellor of the Texas State University System, and Francisco Cigarroa, chancellor of the University of Texas System, celebrated the one-year anniversaries of their plans for reforming their systems.
According to news reports, former U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, on leave from his position as dean of Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Service, is facing charges for drunken driving and a hit and run.
Ross, Reeve, Emily and Ben talk about the latest in abortion-related politics, the battle to build a medical school in the Rio Grande Valley, and what Texans can look forward to at the upcoming national political conventions.