Tribpedia: Higher Education

To Boost Efficiency, UT Turns to Business Leaders

University of Texas President Bill Powers is looking outside of academia for recommendations on improving the efficiency of his university, assembling a new task force of corporate executives to study its operations. “A lot of what we do is like a business, and a lot of things we do are not like a business,” he said.

Dr. Roberto Margo cleans his hands after attending to a canine patient. As a result of his large animal work, Margo has had back, shoulder, and arm surgery.
Dr. Roberto Margo cleans his hands after attending to a canine patient. As a result of his large animal work, Margo has had back, shoulder, and arm surgery.

Shortage of Rural Vets in State Creates a Challenge

As increasing numbers of graduating veterinary students choose to practice in big cities, a shortage of rural veterinarians has developed in parts of the state.  

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Aaronson interactively maps Texas Medicaid providers, Aguilar talks legalization with the head of the Drug Policy Alliance, Galbraith on farmers watering what they know won't grow, Grisson sits down with exoneree Michael Morton, Hamilton on the elusive $10,000 college degree, Murphy et al. update the 2012 election brackets, Ramsey on Bill Ratliff's frank budget analysis, Ramshaw on a hospital where the overweight need not apply, Root on Joe Straus' primary opponent and Tan rounds up reactions to the Supreme Court's health care hearings: The best of our best content from March 26-30, 2012.

Sunset Report Faults Student Loan Program

In fiscal 2011, more than $32 million of funding set aside for a key college loan program created by the state — more than one-third of the program’s total funding — never reached Texas students.

National pride was in abundance at the Mexican independence day festival at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. The holiday celebrates Mexico's war of independence from Spain in 1810.
National pride was in abundance at the Mexican independence day festival at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas. The holiday celebrates Mexico's war of independence from Spain in 1810.

DPS Renews Warning Against Spring Break Trips to Mexico

UPDATED: The Texas Department of Public Safety today renewed a warning that cautions Texas students against traveling to Mexico. The break begins next week for most of the state’s schools.

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Aaronson and Tan interactively map women's health program providers in Texas, Galbraith talks to the state's climatologist about (what else?) the drought, Grissom with the latest on violence in youth prisons, Hamilton on why UTEP's low four-year graduation rate may not matter, Murphy's interactive comparing graduation rates and more at public universities in Texas, Ramsey on the redistricting end game (we think), Ramshaw on the state health commissioner's attack on Planned Parenthood and Root on the closing of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's storied Austin bureau: The best of our best content from February 27 to March 2, 2012.

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.

Texas Higher Ed Coalition Gathers in Austin

The state's higher education reform debate may have cooled, but the discussion hasn't frozen. The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education is meeting right now in Austin — and they say they're not giving up the fight.