is the higher education reporter at the Tribune, where she started as a fellow in 2017. She's reported on secrecy that's lingered after a sexual assault scandal; a costly way one university responded to a controversial speaker; and on a state law that bars teachers, nurses and other license-holders from working if they fall behind on their student loans. Off the higher education beat, Shannon has written about the narrow way Texas defines a "pickle," the Trump administration's zero-tolerance policy, and how Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses basements, hotels and office buildings as short-term way stations for people in their custody. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University.
Baylor University officials pushed back forcefully Wednesday night against a brief filed in federal court earlier in the day that claims school leaders urged staff to destroy emails and other evidence related to a wide-ranging sexual abuse scandal.
The University of Texas System has closed its Institute for Transformational Learning, a startup-like technology initiative. The system spent tens of millions of dollars on the project, but struggled to develop a business plan.
As the search for a new chancellor gets underway, Kevin Eltife – a University of Texas regent and former state senator – is heading a task force that could broadly reshape what the UT System looks like.
After months of internal uproar and a letter from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the University of Texas at Austin said Friday its China center will not accept funding from a Hong Kong-based foundation that Cruz said helps spread Chinese government propaganda abroad.
Football coaches who worked at Baylor University during a major sexual assault scandal are looking for new jobs at new colleges, but Baylor still won't publicly say whether those coaches did anything wrong while in their old jobs.
Texas A&M University-Commerce President Ray Keck announced Thursday that he will step down from his position effective Aug. 31. He was previously president of Texas A&M International University in Laredo, a post he'd held since 2001.
Reread this investigation by the Tribune and NerdWallet into the rent-to-own industry, which has a special tool in Texas law that lets it file criminal charges when customers don't pay their debts — while other businesses have to use civil remedies.