Tribpedia: Higher Education

Less Screaming, More Diversity: Aggie Corps Reboots for 21st Century

The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets participates in game day activities prior to the Sept. 3 football game against UCLA.
The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets participates in game day activities prior to the Sept. 3 football game against UCLA.

With women in leadership, more time for students to study and even a Starbucks, the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets is a kinder and gentler version of its former self. School officials say recent changes have increased enrollment, improved grades and perhaps saved the tradition-rich organization. 

Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.
Retired Admiral William McRaven, shown last year, took over as chancellor of the UT System on Jan. 5.

UT Chancellor, a Former Admiral, Asks Athletes to Stand During National Anthem

In an impassioned memo sent after San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ignited national controversy by refusing to stand for the national anthem, UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven urged his athletes not to repeat the gesture of protest. 

UT-Austin organizers pass out dildos to students for the Cocks Not Glocks movement in protest of newly enacted campus carry law on August 23, 2016.
UT-Austin organizers pass out dildos to students for the Cocks Not Glocks movement in protest of newly enacted campus carry law on August 23, 2016.

UT-Austin Students Snatch Up Free Dildos for Gun Protest

Cocks Not Glocks, a UT-Austin group formed in response to legislation allowing concealed handguns on college campuses, passed out thousands of multicolored sex toys Tuesday evening in preparation for a Wednesday protest rally.

Stephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.
Stephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.

UT-Austin Faculty Can Ban Guns in Offices

The University of Texas at Austin will give its faculty and staff the option of banning guns from their private offices when the state’s campus carry law goes into effect next month, under regulations UT System regents passed Wednesday.

Greg Fenves of UT-Austin discusses the first three months of his tenure as the university's president during a Texas Tribune event on Sept. 21, 2015.
Greg Fenves of UT-Austin discusses the first three months of his tenure as the university's president during a Texas Tribune event on Sept. 21, 2015.

After Court Win, Fenves Says UT is Ready to Re-Examine Admissions Policies

The University of Texas at Austin's long legal fight over race and admissions is over. But in his first extended interview about the case, President Greg Fenves says the school is now ready to review its policies and possibly make changes. 

Windham School District teacher Jody Addy teaches a class at the Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas on Dec. 4, 2015. Addy has taught correctional education for 20 years and recently received the 2015 Lane Murray Excellence in Teaching award.
Windham School District teacher Jody Addy teaches a class at the Robertson Unit in Abilene, Texas on Dec. 4, 2015. Addy has taught correctional education for 20 years and recently received the 2015 Lane Murray Excellence in Teaching award.

Federal Government to Fund College Courses for Texas Inmates

More than 2,500 Texas inmates will participate in a national experiment starting next month so that the federal government can study whether reinstating Pell Grants for prisoners might boost their chances of finding employment.

Abigail Fisher, right, plaintiff in Fisher v. University of Texas, leaves the U.S. Supreme Court with Edward Blum of the Project on Fair Representation after oral arguments in the case, in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 2015.
Abigail Fisher, right, plaintiff in Fisher v. University of Texas, leaves the U.S. Supreme Court with Edward Blum of the Project on Fair Representation after oral arguments in the case, in Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 2015.

For UT Students, Fisher Ruling Marks End of Era

Since Abigail Fisher sued the University of Texas in 2008, nine classes have graduated from the university, their time on campus marked by debates surrounding affirmative action — a national issue that hit especially close to home.