Politics

TribLive: Powers and Loftin on Faculty Accountability

At last Thursday's TribLive conversation, I interviewed Bill Powers and Bowen Loftin, the presidents of the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University, respectively, about the need to quantify the financial contribution of faculty members as part of a higher ed accountability effort.

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 Justin Dehn

UT President, A&M Professor Tussle With TPPF

At a panel hosted by the Texas Public Policy Foundation today, Bill Powers, the president of the University of Texas, and Robert Strawser, an accounting professor at Texas A&M University and the speaker of its faculty senate, responded to the conservative think tank's proposed higher education reforms.

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Guest Column: The Case for Higher Ed Accountability

Taxpayers and students make considerable financial investments in Texas universities. As such, they deserve excellence in both teaching and research. Full transparency and accountability are needed to ensure that neither of those priorities is shortchanged.

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 Todd Wiseman / Bob Daemmrich

After Rick O'Donnell, Now What?

One week ago, Rick O’Donnell’s employment at the University of Texas System came to an abrupt end after 50 days marked by tension and confusion in the higher education community — especially at the University of Texas at Austin. So what happens now that he’s gone?

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 Conservativebudget.com

Video: Conservative Coalition Expands Ad Campaign (UPDATE)

One day after the Senate passed its version of the budget for the next biennium, the Texas Public Policy Foundation expanded its media campaign for a "conservative budget." They produced a series of new ads now running on statewide television. The timing appears to be strategic, as the Senate and House prepare to reconcile their spending plans in conference committee.

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 Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

TribLive: Cornyn on Taxes

At Monday's TribLive conversation, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, explained why President Obama's proposed tax increase on the wealthiest Americans is a "nonstarter."

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