Tribpedia: Higher Education

For UT Students, Fisher Ruling Marks End of Era

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.

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

A look at the sun setting over the University of Texas at Austin Tower in 2011.
A look at the sun setting over the University of Texas at Austin Tower in 2011.

Race and UT-Austin Admissions: A Snapshot of the Past Five Years

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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the University of Texas at Austin could continue to consider race as part of its application evaluation process. Here’s a graphical look at that process.

Baylor University football head coach Art Briles speaks at a press conference on the Baylor campus on Sept. 6, 2014.
Baylor University football head coach Art Briles speaks at a press conference on the Baylor campus on Sept. 6, 2014.

In Filing, Briles Accuses Baylor of Scapegoating Him in Sexual Assault Scandal

Former Baylor University head football coach Art Briles is fighting back against his sudden dismissal, arguing that he was wrongfully terminated and is being used as a scapegoat for the sexual assault scandal that has shamed the school.

Protesters at a press conference held by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in May, 2016 calling on Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Kent Scribner to resign over the district's bathroom guidelines for transgender students.
Protesters at a press conference held by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in May, 2016 calling on Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Kent Scribner to resign over the district's bathroom guidelines for transgender students.

Texas Colleges Staying Out of Bathroom Battles for Now

The state's colleges and universities have been largely been left out of the debate over transgender bathroom policies. Over the past decade, most have adopted policies friendlier to transgender students and staff. 

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.