Tribpedia: Higher Education

Sen.Judith ZaffiriniD-Laredo
Sen.Judith ZaffiriniD-Laredo

Degrees of Confusion

The Senate Higher Education Committee will hold its first hearing of the year on Wednesday, and with debate over higher ed reform cooling (for now, at least), focus has turned to community colleges and a surprisingly touchy topic: transfers.

Students cross a bridge over a resaca on the University of Texas Brownsville and Texas Southmost College campuses on Monday.
Students cross a bridge over a resaca on the University of Texas Brownsville and Texas Southmost College campuses on Monday.

Report Questions State's Higher-Ed Priorities

A new study on Texas’ higher-education policy lays out the tough choices that state lawmakers are facing and throws some cold water on one of their prize programs: the initiative to create more tier-one universities.

Tribweek 04092012
Tribweek 04092012

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Aaronson maps Medicaid patients' access to pharmacies, Aguilar on Mexicans in exile, Batheja on an unlikely threat to a veteran lawmaker's re-election, Galbraith and Murphy interactively track reservoir levels around the state, Grissom on the ringleaders who rule the state's largest youth lockup, Hamilton on how much Texas professors are paid, Ramsey on who's conservative, Ramshaw and Tan on the latest Planned Parenthood kerfuffle, Root on what Santorum's exit means for the Texas primary, and parts 4 (by M. Smith) and 5 (by Tan and Dehn) of our series on school district closures: The best of our best content from April 9-13, 2012.

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.