Michael Stravato

UH Changes Spark Confusion in Victoria

The University of Houston System's plan to convert a teaching center in Sugar Land to a branch campus of its flagship was welcomed by locals but prompted questions in Victoria, where leaders fear what the change means for UH-Victoria.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Updated: Tech and UH Qualify for Tier-One Prize Money

After a review, the state auditor's office confirmed Friday that Texas Tech University and the University of Houston are indeed the first institutions eligible for money from the state's tier-one award fund.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Kent Hance: The TT Interview

The chancellor of the Texas Tech University system on the tier-one race, why the state should invest in higher education and former head football coach Mike Leach.

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Illustration by Spencer Selvidge / Ben Hasson / Todd Wiseman

At Public Universities, Graduation Rates Lag. But Do They Matter?

The four-year graduation rates at Texas' public universities are staggeringly low. State officials acknowledge the numbers are dismal and are working to improve them. But not all higher ed leaders buy into the notion that such metrics matter.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

M. Smith on Rick Perry's allergic reaction to federal school money, E. Smith elicits Ted Cruz's take on David Dewhurst, Root and Ramshaw cover Perry's first presidential debate, Ramshaw and Aguilar poke at Perry's immigration record and how it plays among Republicans, Hamilton on the dash for top status among Texas colleges, Galbraith on an environmental ruling from the White House that got conservative applause and one that didn't, Grissom has the latest on the Willingham arson case and the state's plans to look at other fires and Aaronson's widget for comparing the presidential candidates: The best of our best content from Sept. 5 to 9, 2011.

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Illustration by Kumar Appaiah / Todd Wiseman

Guest Column: Another Look at the Productivity of UT Teachers

The report on UT teachers' productivity by Richard Vedder and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity is technically accurate — but substantively misleading. A deeper analysis raises troubling questions about how Vedder would change UT.

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Muliadi Soenaryo

Panel Debates Future of Research Universities

A panel of higher education and business executives at the University of Texas at Austin reflected high anxiety about the future of research universities — especially in Texas, which has just three of the nation's top research universities compared to California's nine.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

Update: Can Tier-One Contenders Reach Consensus on Prize Money?

There's a substantial cash prize awaiting Texas' seven emerging research universities, if they can meet the criteria to be considered "tier one." But there's no way to get at it right now, and there won't be unless they can all reach an agreement.

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Jacob Villanueva

Audio: Bill Powers and Bowen Loftin at TribLive

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 for higher education reform, the impact of budget cuts, the predicament of middling graduation rates and more.

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Todd Wiseman

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Hamilton on Victoria's efforts to divorce the University of Houston, Ramshaw on a disagreement between right-to-life groups over laws governing when life ends, E. Smith's TribLive interview with Sen. Kel Seliger and Rep. Burt Solomons on redistricting, Aguilar's interview with the mayor of Juárez, Tan on the continuing hunt for money to buy down budget cuts, Grissom on a psychologist who found more than a dozen inmates mentally competent to face the death penalty, Stiles and yours truly on the House redistricting maps and Galbraith on cutting or killing a tax break for high-cost natural gas producers: The best of our best content from April 11 to 15, 2011.

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Reeve Hamilton

Tier-One Prize Money Tentatively Passes House

For those betting on the horserace to be the next state's next public national research — or  tier-one — university, the winners are about to be crowned. Today, the House tentatively passed House Bill 1000, which creates a mechanism to claim the prize money.

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