Tribpedia: Higher Education

For UT-Arlington, More Than Just a New Building

Men's assistant basketball coach Zak Buncik takes in the new center during a press conference at  The University of Texas Arlington  College Park Center. The 7000 seat event center opens February 1, 2012.
Men's assistant basketball coach Zak Buncik takes in the new center during a press conference at The University of Texas Arlington College Park Center. The 7000 seat event center opens February 1, 2012.

The University of Texas at Arlington unveiled more than just a new basketball stadium this week. Its new $78 million, 7,000-seat venue is also a key part of the university's effort to diverge from its history and reputation to become a top-tier institution. It's a new beginning for the campus — and for the community.

University of Houston-Victoria campus.
University of Houston-Victoria campus.

Philip Castille: The TT Interview

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The new president of the University of Houston-Victoria on whether the institution will remain in the UH System, its plans to play a major role in the state's higher education landscape and its response to Texas' workforce needs.

President Trauth looks out at the campus of Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.
President Trauth looks out at the campus of Texas State University. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently reclassified the school as an Emerging Research University.

Texas State Relishes New Status, Focuses on Future

Texas State University President Denise Trauth expects the institution's new emerging research classification to enhance its reputation and help in the recruitment of students and faculty.

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes speaks at the podium during the Generation Adelante college fair.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes speaks at the podium during the Generation Adelante college fair.

Higher-Ed Czar: Balance Academics, Job Training

Amid calls for greater emphasis on vocational training that meets the needs of Texas employers, the state's higher education czar says universities should also remain focused on providing a “solid academic foundation."

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/9/12

Tan and Root on the Texas presidential candidates returning to the state where Rick Perry started his campaign, Philpott on Perry's swipes at Mitt Romney, Ramshaw on Griffin Perry's tweets, M. Smith on the next round of fights over student testing, E. Smith's TribLive interview with Michael Quinn Sullivan, yours truly on the sliding primary election calendar, Hamilton on higher-education efforts to bolster the Texas work force, Grissom's interview with John Raley, Galbraith on the greenhouse gas wars and Aguilar on making it easier for immigrants to return to the U.S.: The best of our best content from January 9 to 13, 2012.

Students listen to their instructor, Curtis Collins, during their Pumps, Compressors and Mechanical Drives class at Texas State Technical College Waco.
Students listen to their instructor, Curtis Collins, during their Pumps, Compressors and Mechanical Drives class at Texas State Technical College Waco.

Texas Colleges Aim to Get in Sync With Labor Market

As the economy begins to show signs of life, efforts are under way at two-year colleges across Texas to make the state's higher ed offerings more responsive to the labor market.

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.