Tribpedia: Higher Education

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.

Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.
Members listen to committee reports at the Board of Regents meeting for The University of Texas System on Feb. 14, 2013.

UT Regents Approve Tuition Hikes Across System

The University of Texas at Austin and all seven other schools in the University of Texas System won approval to increase tuition Monday, a move that will eventually tack on between $148 and $361 to the cost of students' schooling each semester. 

Fritz Steiner, the University of Texas at Austin's longtime architecture dean announced on Thursday he is leaving, saying the state's new campus carry law played a major role in pushing him out.
Fritz Steiner, the University of Texas at Austin's longtime architecture dean announced on Thursday he is leaving, saying the state's new campus carry law played a major role in pushing him out.

UT Architecture Dean Cites Campus Carry as a Reason for Departure

The University of Texas at Austin's longtime architecture dean announced he was leaving on Thursday, saying the state's new campus carry law played a major role in pushing him out. 

Baylor University Chancellor and President Ken Starr during a Texas Tribune Higher Education Symposium in Waco.
Baylor University Chancellor and President Ken Starr during a Texas Tribune Higher Education Symposium in Waco.

Baylor Opts Out of Campus Carry

Baylor University has opted out of Texas' campus carry law, joining the long list of Texas private universities that have decided to continue banning handguns on their campuses.

Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose together onstage at the start of the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016.
Republican U.S. presidential candidates pose together onstage at the start of the debate held by Fox News for the top 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates in Des Moines, Iowa on Jan. 28, 2016.

University of Houston Keeps GOP Debate

CNN announced Wednesday that the University of Houston will still get to host the Feb. 25 GOP primary presidential debate. The university's status had been called into question after NBC News was removed as the organizer of the event.