Tribpedia: Texas Tech University System

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.

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds UT-Austin's Affirmative Action System

In a major — and surprising — win for affirmative action supporters, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the University of Texas at Austin’s right to give a slight boost to black and Hispanic applicants.

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.

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.

On Jan. 20, 2016, the Texas House Higher Education Committee discussed efforts to grow educational programs with University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven.
On Jan. 20, 2016, the Texas House Higher Education Committee discussed efforts to grow educational programs with University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven.

Chancellors: University Expansion is Good for Texas

The chancellors of Texas’s top university systems defended their ambitious expansion plans to lawmakers Wednesday and some pushed back against the idea of more oversight of their growth. 

 

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.

To What Degree Should Regents Get Involved?

Texas law isn't specific about how public university system regents should do their jobs. So regents are largely left to interpret their roles themselves. With some taking a more hands-on approach, debate has grown about the role of regents.

Hance to Retire as Texas Tech Chancellor

UPDATED: Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System since 2006, said he will retire next year and become chairman emeritus, officing on Tech's Lubbock campus and continuing to teach a seminar on leadership.