EDUCATION: Higher Education

Only One Private Texas University Adopting Campus Carry

Starting Monday, licensed college students, faculty and visitors across Texas will be allowed to carry their concealed guns into campus buildings thanks to a new state law. But that right will be mostly limited to public schools. Only one of 38 private colleges in the state — Amberton University — has decided to opt in on campus carry.

Allen Crum at a press conference on Aug. 2, 1966. Crum, an employee at an off-campus bookstore, joined police at the top of the University of Texas Tower to stop sniper Charles Whitman.
Allen Crum at a press conference on Aug. 2, 1966. Crum, an employee at an off-campus bookstore, joined police at the top of the University of Texas Tower to stop sniper Charles Whitman.

The Armed Civilian Who Helped Stop UT’s Tower Sniper 50 Years Ago

When Charles Whitman went to the top of the University of Texas Tower and started shooting on Aug. 1, 1966, dozens of people grabbed their rifles and tried to stop him. But only Allen Crum made it to the top of the tower with police that day.

The Armed Civilian Who Helped Stop UT’s Tower Sniper 50 Years Ago

Allen Crum at a press conference on Aug. 2, 1966. Crum, an employee at an off-campus bookstore, joined police at the top of the University of Texas Tower to stop sniper Charles Whitman.
Allen Crum at a press conference on Aug. 2, 1966. Crum, an employee at an off-campus bookstore, joined police at the top of the University of Texas Tower to stop sniper Charles Whitman.

When Charles Whitman went to the top of the University of Texas Tower and started shooting on Aug. 1, 1966, dozens of people grabbed their rifles and tried to stop him. But only Allen Crum made it to the top of the tower with police that day.

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Education Officials Point Fingers over College Readiness

Texas higher education commissioner Raymund Paredes during symposium at Baylor University in Waco, Texas
Texas higher education commissioner Raymund Paredes during symposium at Baylor University in Waco, Texas

The strained relationship between the state’s higher and public education leaders were on full display Wednesday as Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes told the State Board of Education it isn't doing enough to prepare students for college.

For UT Students, Fisher Ruling Marks End of Era

Abigail Fisher, right, plaintiff in Fisher v. University of Texas, leaves the U.S. Supreme Court with Edward Blum of the Project on Fair Representation after oral arguments in the case, in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 2015.
Abigail Fisher, right, plaintiff in Fisher v. University of Texas, leaves the U.S. Supreme Court with Edward Blum of the Project on Fair Representation after oral arguments in the case, in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 2015.

Since Abigail Fisher sued the University of Texas in 2008, nine classes have graduated from the university, their time on campus marked by debates surrounding affirmative action — a national issue that hit especially close to home. 

High Court Rules on Affirmative Action, Immigration (Video)

In the Roundup: The U.S. Supreme Court issues rulings in two landmark Texas cases, plus members of the state’s congressional delegation take center stage in a protest on the House floor.
In the Roundup: The U.S. Supreme Court issues rulings in two landmark Texas cases, plus members of the state’s congressional delegation take center stage in a protest on the House floor.

In the Roundup: The U.S. Supreme Court issues rulings on two landmark Texas cases, plus members of the state’s congressional delegation take center stage in a protest on the U.S. House floor. 

Race and UT-Austin Admissions: A Snapshot of the Past Five Years

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A look at the sun setting over the University of Texas at Austin Tower in 2011.
A look at the sun setting over the University of Texas at Austin Tower in 2011.

On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the University of Texas at Austin could continue to consider race as part of its application evaluation process. Here’s a graphical look at that process.

The Houston Endowment Inc., the Lumina Foundation and the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation have supported higher education coverage at The Texas Tribune.

How a Decade in Texas Changed Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren's faculty photo, published in the 1986 edition of the Peregrinus, the yearbook of the University of  Texas at Austin Law School.
Elizabeth Warren's faculty photo, published in the 1986 edition of the Peregrinus, the yearbook of the University of Texas at Austin Law School.

Whether she is tapped as Hillary Clinton's running mate or just as one of the campaign's go-to surrogates, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren will likely spend much of the fall imparting to voters a political worldview that was forged in Texas. 

After Court Win, Fenves Says UT Will Re-Examine Admissions Policies

Greg Fenves of UT-Austin discusses the first three months of his tenure as the university's president during a Texas Tribune event on Sept. 21, 2015.
Greg Fenves of UT-Austin discusses the first three months of his tenure as the university's president during a Texas Tribune event on Sept. 21, 2015.

The University of Texas at Austin's long legal fight over race and admissions is over. But in his first extended interview about the case, President Greg Fenves says the school is now ready to review its policies and possibly make changes. 

Feds to Fund College Courses for Thousands of Texas Inmates

Windham School District teacher Jody Addy teaches a class at the Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas on Dec. 4, 2015. Addy has taught correctional education for 20 years and recently received the 2015 Lane Murray Excellence in Teaching award.
Windham School District teacher Jody Addy teaches a class at the Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas on Dec. 4, 2015. Addy has taught correctional education for 20 years and recently received the 2015 Lane Murray Excellence in Teaching award.

More than 2,500 Texas inmates will participate in a national experiment starting next month so that the federal government can study whether reinstating Pell Grants for prisoners might boost their chances of finding employment.