EDUCATION: Higher Education

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.

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 is Ready to 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. 

Federal Government to Fund College Courses for 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.

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. 

Supreme Court Rules on Two Texas Cases (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.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds UT-Austin's Affirmative Action System

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.

In a major — and surprising — win for affirmative action supporters, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s right to give a slight boost to black and Hispanic applicants.

Prairie View A&M Hopes New Stadium Will Boost Enrollment

The field at Prairie View A&M University's new football stadium on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The stadium is expected to open in time for a Labor Day game against Texas Southern.
The field at Prairie View A&M University's new football stadium on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The stadium is expected to open in time for a Labor Day game against Texas Southern.

At Prairie View A&M, all eyes are on the new football stadium, which officials hope will not only boost the Panthers' stats but also ultimately raise enrollment for the small, historically black college for the first time in years.

Politics Makes Abortion Training In Texas Difficult

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Dr. Bernard Rosenfeld, 74, has not been able to find a successor to lead his abortion practice in Houston. He says younger doctors don't want to deal with the politics and protesters.
Dr. Bernard Rosenfeld, 74, has not been able to find a successor to lead his abortion practice in Houston. He says younger doctors don't want to deal with the politics and protesters.

Every year, more than 100 new OB-GYNs graduate from a Texas residency program. But the closure of abortion clinics across Texas — more than 20 since 2013 — has made their training increasingly difficult.

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