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Pay is Climbing Fast for Texas University Leaders

Texas chancellors William McRaven of UT, John Sharp of Texas A&M and Brian McCall of Texas State at the Senate Higher Education Committee meeting on April 26, 2016.
Texas chancellors William McRaven of UT, John Sharp of Texas A&M and Brian McCall of Texas State at the Senate Higher Education Committee meeting on April 26, 2016.

In the past four years, the total pay for chancellors and presidents of Texas universities and systems has grown 70 percent, from an average total compensation of $565,000 in 2012 to an average of $955,000 now.

Slaying Fuels Demands to Make UT, Drag Safer

Students walk past a heavily graffitied building that once was Mellow Mushroom on Guadalupe Street next to the University of Texas campus on April 9, 2016.
Students walk past a heavily graffitied building that once was Mellow Mushroom on Guadalupe Street next to the University of Texas campus on April 9, 2016.

In emails and posts on a private Facebook page, parents are responding to last week's killing at UT-Austin by demanding something be done about the homeless, especially along the Drag.

 

Hutchison, Fenves Decry Dwindling State Support for Higher Education

Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas is shown speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.
Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas is shown speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.

Before meeting with state and higher ed leaders, UT-Austin President Greg Fenves and former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Monday that universities, state governments and the private sector need to take action to preserve public colleges' strengths. 

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As College Costs Rise, Texas Schools Open Food Pantries for Students

Ashlee Taylor, president of the graduate student advisory council and a Ph.D. student in nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University, organizes the Wreck Hunger graduate and international student food pantry on April 18, 2016.
Ashlee Taylor, president of the graduate student advisory council and a Ph.D. student in nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University, organizes the Wreck Hunger graduate and international student food pantry on April 18, 2016.

As tuition costs rise and the number of low-income students increases, at least 14 Texas colleges have opened food pantries for students who are having trouble affording meals.