Tribpedia: Higher Education

Texas Weighs State-Based Alternative to GED Exam

Because of concerns over a partnership between the national organization that develops the GED and Pearson, a for-profit, London-based testing company, Texas may create its own high school equivalency exam. Other states, including California and New York, are also considering state-based exams before the GED changes roll out in 2014. 

Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District superintendent Daniel King speaks to graduates from Options High School, College Career & Technology Academy and Teen-Age Parenting Program High School during their graduation ceremony December 16, 2010 at the San Juan Middle School Auditorium in San Juan, Texas.
Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District superintendent Daniel King speaks to graduates from Options High School, College Career & Technology Academy and Teen-Age Parenting Program High School during their graduation ceremony December 16, 2010 at the San Juan Middle School Auditorium in San Juan, Texas.

Why STEM Matters: A Virtual Roundtable with Educators, Experts

“STEM,” an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,” is a term that is becoming increasingly common across education circles. But why is it so important? We put the question to several key Texans in the field.

Newly appointed Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp answers a question from the audience at TribLive on September 29, 2011.
Newly appointed Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp answers a question from the audience at TribLive on September 29, 2011.

Updated: Compass Group to Take Over Services at A&M

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced today that Compass Group, a major private company based in North Carolina, will be taking over dining and support services at Texas A&M University.

Jim Spaniolo, president of the University of Texas at Arlington.
Jim Spaniolo, president of the University of Texas at Arlington.

UT-Arlington President Announces Retirement

UPDATED: University of Texas at Arlington President James Spaniolo told the Tribune that he is not leaving due to any outside pressure or internal dissatisfaction. "It just reflects a personal decision on my part," he said.

Sissy Bradford, a former Texas A&M San Antonio adjunct criminology professor who was fired after commenting on the installation of crosses at the top of the campus entry tower.
Sissy Bradford, a former Texas A&M San Antonio adjunct criminology professor who was fired after commenting on the installation of crosses at the top of the campus entry tower.

Crosses Are Gone, but Campus Clash Lives On

Texas A&M University-San Antonio instructor says she no longer has classes to teach because of questions she raised about the placement of crosses near the campus. 

Reading class at the Qatar Community College
Reading class at the Qatar Community College

HCC Helps Qatar Fill Community College Gap

On May 15, the Community College of Qatar, the country's first community college, graduated its inaugural class of 11 students. It couldn't have done it without Houston Community College, but their partnership hasn't always been easy.

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Aaronson on why the latest Texas job gains are a mixed bag, Aguilar on the fight over an Eagle Pass coal mine, Batheja on nasty U.S. Senate race ads, Galbraith on El Paso's water woes, Grissom on John Bradley's tough primary, Hamilton and M. Smith on the controversial chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, Murphy's cool higher ed stats interactive, Ramsey talks to Robert Draper about what's wrong with Congress, Ramshaw on Joe Barton vs. himself, Root on Perry's Mitt embrace and my exclusive sit-down with the chancellor of the UT System: The best of our best content from May 14-18, 2012.

How Does Tuition Compare at Texas' Public Universities?

The cost of college in Texas is back at center stage, following speculation last week that University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers' job could be in jeopardy over his frustration with a tuition freeze. Here's a look at the average tuition and fees at every public university in Texas for fiscal year 2012. 

University of Texas at Austin President, William Powers - Dec. 14, 2011
University of Texas at Austin President, William Powers - Dec. 14, 2011

Texplainer: Who Can Fire a UT System President?

Texas Monthly blog post last week ignited controversy over University of Texas President Bill Powers' future at the university — and raised questions about who decides whether he stays or goes. The answer? It's not one person's decision.


UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.
UT Board of Regents Chairman Gene Powell asks the Board to support Chancellor Dr. Franciso Cigarroa at their Austin meeting on May 12, 2011.

UT's Reform-Minded Chairman Finds Himself at Center of Controversy

Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System's board of regents, has drawn lots of attention. The latest commotion surrounds a report — which he denies — that he asked the chancellor to recommend the firing of UT-Austin's president.

The Weekly TribCast: Episode 132

Evan, Ross, Reeve and Ben try their hands at determining which U.S. Senate candidate is the Deb Fischer of Texas and separating facts and rumors from the latest brouhaha at the University of Texas.