Tribpedia: Higher Education

UT-Austin Panel: Ban Guns in Dorms, But Not Classrooms

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.

A task force at the University of Texas at Austin has recommended guns be prohibited in residence halls, at sporting events and in certain laboratories. But the suggestions, issued in a report Thursday, do not call for banning handguns in classrooms. 

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.

Justices Question UT-Austin Affirmative Action Policy

U.S. Supreme Court justices dissected UT-Austin's unusual admissions procedures on Wednesday, questioning whether Texas' flagship campus should keep using race as a factor when evaluating some of its applicants. 

 

Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, listens during a debate over Senate Bill 11 on March 18, 2015.
Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, listens during a debate over Senate Bill 11 on March 18, 2015.

Birdwell Asks AG to Clarify Where Colleges Can Ban Handguns

In an apparent effort to shut down talk of banning guns in college classrooms, state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, has asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to clarify where universities can prohibit handguns with the state's campus carry law goes into effect Aug. 1. 

Video: Higher Ed Access, Affordability and Diversity

At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, Matthew Watkins talked about higher ed access, affordability and diversity with Lisa Fielder, CEO of College Forward; Cynthia Teniente-Matson, president of Texas A&M University-San Antonio; Shirley Reed, president of South Texas College; and University of Texas System Regent Sara Martinez Tucker.

 

Video: Cracking the Higher Ed Completion Code

At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, I talked about the challenge of increasing higher ed outcomes with Chancellor Brian McCall of the Texas State University System; Elaine Mendoza, vice chair of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents; former University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers; and Wynn Rosser, CEO of the Greater Texas Foundation.

 

Video: A Conversation with Ken Starr

At our 11/16 higher education symposium, I talked to Ken Starr, the president and chancellor of Baylor University, about demographic change, campus carry, free speech, the intersection of a traditional culture with the modern world, and, of course, football.

Video: Higher Ed Exceptionalism

At our 11/16 symposium on higher education, I talked about the pursuit of excellence with Southwestern University President Edward Burger; Paul Foster, the chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents; Woody Hunt, chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and University of Texas at El Paso President Diana Natalicio.