Tribpedia: Higher Education

On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.
On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.

UT System Regents May Change Campus Carry Rules

Members of the University of Texas System Board of Regents expressed concern about their schools’ proposed rules for handguns on campus and signaled plans to attempt to change some of those policies before they go into effect on Aug 1. 

Texas House Higher Education Committee Chairman John Zerwas (right), R-Richmond, and Vice Chairwoman Donna Howard, D-Austin, take part in a May 10, 2016, committee hearing.
Texas House Higher Education Committee Chairman John Zerwas (right), R-Richmond, and Vice Chairwoman Donna Howard, D-Austin, take part in a May 10, 2016, committee hearing.

In the Texas House, Concern But Less Fervor Over College Tuition

Members of the Texas House Higher Education Committee said they were worried about the rising cost of college in Texas, but stayed away from the criticism and dramatic calls for action heard from the Senate in recent weeks. 

Texas chancellors William McRaven of UT, John Sharp of Texas A&M and Brian McCall of Texas State at the Senate Higher Education Committee meeting on April 26, 2016.
Texas chancellors William McRaven of UT, John Sharp of Texas A&M and Brian McCall of Texas State at the Senate Higher Education Committee meeting on April 26, 2016.

Pay is Climbing Fast for Texas University Leaders

In the past four years, the total pay for chancellors and presidents of Texas universities and systems has grown 70 percent, from an average total compensation of $565,000 in 2012 to an average of $955,000 now.

Ashlee Taylor, president of the graduate student advisory council and a Ph.D. student in nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University, organizes the Wreck Hunger graduate and international student food pantry on April 18, 2016.
Ashlee Taylor, president of the graduate student advisory council and a Ph.D. student in nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University, organizes the Wreck Hunger graduate and international student food pantry on April 18, 2016.

As College Costs Rise, Texas Schools Open Food Pantries for Students

As tuition costs rise and the number of low-income students increases, at least 14 Texas colleges have opened food pantries for students who are having trouble affording meals. 

Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas is shown speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.
Former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas is shown speaking at the Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 20, 2014.

Hutchison, Fenves Decry Dwindling State Support for Higher Education

Before meeting with state and higher ed leaders, UT-Austin President Greg Fenves and former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison said Monday that universities, state governments and the private sector need to take action to preserve public colleges' strengths. 

State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, participated in The Price of Admission, a Texas Tribune event, on March 31, 2016.
State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, participated in The Price of Admission, a Texas Tribune event, on March 31, 2016.

Zerwas: "I Would Not Have Any Concern" if Top 10 Percent Rule Went Away

The chairman of the Texas House of Representatives' Higher Education Committee said Thursday that he "would not have any concern" if the Top 10 Percent Rule governing college admissions in the state were eliminated. 

Bailee Baldwin of the University of Texas at San Antonio's softball team slid into second base as Kelli Schkade of the University of North Texas covered second during a recent game on March 12, 2016, in San Antonio.
Bailee Baldwin of the University of Texas at San Antonio's softball team slid into second base as Kelli Schkade of the University of North Texas covered second during a recent game on March 12, 2016, in San Antonio.

Students Pitch In More as Texas Colleges' Athletics Costs Climb

As the cost to run a top-level college athletics department increases, there's a growing trend of Texas schools reaching into their students’ pockets to help pay for their athletic ambitions. This story is part of our "Ballpark Figures" project.

Thanks in large part to Texas A&M's football team, the school's athletic department revenue rose to nearly $193 million in the fiscal 2015 year, up about $100 million from seven years earlier. The increased revenue has helped stabilize the athletic department's finances after a few tumultuous years.
Thanks in large part to Texas A&M's football team, the school's athletic department revenue rose to nearly $193 million in the fiscal 2015 year, up about $100 million from seven years earlier. The increased revenue has helped stabilize the athletic department's finances after a few tumultuous years.

At Texas Colleges, Football Revenue Props Up Other Sports

The NCAA men's basketball tournament may have the nation's attention now, but football is the true cash cow in Texas college sports, according to records reviewed as part of the Tribune's Ballpark Figures project. 

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discusses school choice and education public policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation event on Jan. 7, 2016.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discusses school choice and education public policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation event on Jan. 7, 2016.

Senate Republican Leaders Express Concern Over Tuition Hikes

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Senate Higher Education Committee Chairman Kel Seliger expressed frustration Friday with Texas university presidents over recent decisions to raise tuition again this year.