Tribpedia: Higher Education

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left), is congratulated by Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, after the regents gave Cigarroa a vote of confidence on May 12, 2011.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa (left), is congratulated by Gene Powell, chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, after the regents gave Cigarroa a vote of confidence on May 12, 2011.

UT System Leaders Look Back at a Long Year

Like many at the end of this year, University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa and Gene Powell, the chairman of the board of regents, are in a reflective mood.

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

UT President Ends Tough Year With Another Battle

It's been a year marked by high profile wars waged by UT President Bill Powers — to some, the university’s Dumbledore; to others, a bee in the bonnet of higher education reformers. The latest drama is unfolding in the law school he used to run. 

Stefanie Lindquist, Interim Dean of the University of Texas School of Law with William Powers, President of The University of Texas at Austin - Dec. 14, 2011
Stefanie Lindquist, Interim Dean of the University of Texas School of Law with William Powers, President of The University of Texas at Austin - Dec. 14, 2011

UT Law School Interim Dean Prioritizes Salary Equity

Nearly a week after faculty unrest led to the sudden ousting of Dean Larry Sager from the University of Texas School of Law, his interim replacement told the Tribune one of her top priorities will be a review of faculty compensation.

Former dean Larry Sager gestures while speaking with a visitor in his former office at the UT Law School on December 12, 2011.
Former dean Larry Sager gestures while speaking with a visitor in his former office at the UT Law School on December 12, 2011.

UT Dean's Ouster Raises Questions About Foundation

Who knew about the $500,000 payment Larry Sager received from the University of Texas School of Law’s foundation — and when — are among the many questions swirling after his surprise ouster as dean last week.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 12/5/11

Root on Rick Perry's controversial new ad, Tan on the fallout, Aaronson's map of where the food stamps go, my interview with Stephen Colbert's campaign finance lawyer, Aguilar on the drop in the number of illegal immigrants crossing into Texas, Hamilton on the growth of unregulated colleges, Galbraith's interview with S. David Freeman on the environmental failures of public power, Grissom on the newest state agency and and Hamilton and M. Smith on a sudden change at the top of UT's law school: The best of our best content from December 5 to 9, 2011.

The Texas Association of Business erected a billboard for the day in Austin highlighting the failure of colleges and universities to graduate students with degrees or certifications.
The Texas Association of Business erected a billboard for the day in Austin highlighting the failure of colleges and universities to graduate students with degrees or certifications.

Graduation-Rates Campaign Heads to Dallas

A new billboard that will tower over Dallas' North Central Expressway on Monday offers a startling message on college graduation rates, an effort by a state business group to turn the spotlight on the the state's lagging higher ed outcomes.

Christopher Cone, president of Tyndale Theological Seminary & Biblical Institute, shows the atrium of their Hurst, Texas location on Monday, November 28, 2011.
Christopher Cone, president of Tyndale Theological Seminary & Biblical Institute, shows the atrium of their Hurst, Texas location on Monday, November 28, 2011.

Unregulated Colleges Stir Fears of Diploma Mills

New federal regulations have prompted state officials to revisit a 2007 Texas Supreme Court decision that some call a "key victory for Christian education" and others say could open the door to diploma mills.

University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa during a Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency hearing on Sept. 21, 2011.
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa during a Joint Committee on Oversight of Higher Education Governance, Excellence and Transparency hearing on Sept. 21, 2011.

UT Chancellor Meets With Obama, Higher Ed Leaders in DC

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UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa was among a dozen leaders invited to the White House for a talk with President Obama about the challenges facing higher education.

For Some University Presidents, Being Private Pays

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David Leebron of Rice University is the state's highest-paid president of a private college, pulling down more than $1.5 million in 2009, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Five other private college or university presidents in Texas made more than $800,000.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 11/28/11

Aaronson maps the growth of poverty in Texas, Aguilar on the suicide of an illegal immigrant, Galbraith on the prospect of more rolling blackouts, Grissom on a prosecutor's memory lapse, Hamilton on the prospect of public universities undergoing a sunset review, Murphy's latest awesome redistricting interactive, Ramsey on a stumbling start to the 2012 election season, Root on Rick Perry's latest populist tirade, M. Smith on the boom in for-profit teacher certification programs and Tan on the fight against cervical cancer in ... Africa: The best of our best content from November 28 to December 2, 2011.

Michael J. Sorrell, the president of Paul Quinn College photographed in his office on the Paul Quinn College campus.
Michael J. Sorrell, the president of Paul Quinn College photographed in his office on the Paul Quinn College campus.

Saving a College With Persistence and Prose

Michael Sorrell took a pay cut to become president of Paul Quinn College during one of the rockiest patches in its 139-year history. Despite a lack of higher ed experience, he's turning it around one student at a time.

Mark Milliron: The TT Interview

The first chancellor of WGU Texas — the state’s new nonprofit, online university — on his new position, how WGU Texas is different from the national Western Governors University, and the future of online education.