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It’s taken more than a year, but UT System moving to sell 300 acres in Houston

Posted: 4 days ago

More than a year after University of Texas System Chancellor Bill McRaven scuttled a plan to develop a campus of sorts on about 300 acres acquired in Houston, the system is moving to put the property on the market. The system issued a “request for qualifications” Friday seeking potential buyers for all or a significant...
UT boosts financial aid for low- and middle-income students
 The University of Texas has expanded its annual spending on financial aid by $5 million to help students from low-income and middle-income families. Starting this fall, incoming freshmen from Texas with family incomes as high as $100,000 could be eligible for grants depending on financial need as determined by a federal formula that takes...

Posted: 4 days ago

The University of Texas has expanded its annual spending on financial aid by $5 million to help students from low-income and middle-income families. Starting this fall, incoming freshmen from Texas with family incomes as high as $100,000 could be eligible for grants depending on financial need as determined by a federal formula that takes...
UT boosts financial aid for low- and middle-income students
 The University of Texas has expanded its annual spending on financial aid by $5 million to help students from low- and middle-income families. Starting this fall, incoming freshmen from Texas with family incomes as high as $100,000 could be eligible for grants depending on financial need as determined by a federal formula that takes the size...

Posted: 4 days ago

The University of Texas has expanded its annual spending on financial aid by $5 million to help students from low- and middle-income families. Starting this fall, incoming freshmen from Texas with family incomes as high as $100,000 could be eligible for grants depending on financial need as determined by a federal formula that takes the size...
Texas facing a challenge in push to improve straight-to-college rate
 Barely half of Texas high school graduates enroll directly in college, but 65 percent will need to do so by 2030 for the state to meet goals intended to produce an educated populace and a skilled workforce, Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes said Wednesday. The rate in Texas has slipped in recent years, from 54 percent in...

Posted: 6 days ago

Barely half of Texas high school graduates enroll directly in college, but 65 percent will need to do so by 2030 for the state to meet goals intended to produce an educated populace and a skilled workforce, Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes said Wednesday. The rate in Texas has slipped in recent years, from 54 percent in...
UT, A&M to learn fate of Los Alamos bids by end of May, if not sooner
 The University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System will learn by the end of May, if not sooner, the outcome of their competing bids to operate a major federal nuclear weapons laboratory. The UT System has at least one undisclosed corporate partner in its proposal to run Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The A&M...

Posted: 11 days ago

The University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System will learn by the end of May, if not sooner, the outcome of their competing bids to operate a major federal nuclear weapons laboratory. The UT System has at least one undisclosed corporate partner in its proposal to run Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The A&M...
UT, A&M to learn fate of Los Alamos bids by end of May, if not sooner
 The University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System will learn by the end of May, if not sooner, the outcome of their competing bids to operate a major federal nuclear weapons laboratory. The UT System has at least one undisclosed corporate partner in its proposal to run Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The A&M...

Posted: 11 days ago

The University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System will learn by the end of May, if not sooner, the outcome of their competing bids to operate a major federal nuclear weapons laboratory. The UT System has at least one undisclosed corporate partner in its proposal to run Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. The A&M...
Flagship bias? Longhorns, Aggies dominate UT, A&M boards of regents
 Of the 50 people who have served on the University of Texas System Board of Regents since 1985, 41 went to the same school, UT-Austin. There are 13 other campuses in the system, but just one regent graduated from one of those schools. Similarly, alumni of the College Station flagship have predominated on the Texas A&M University System&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Of the 50 people who have served on the University of Texas System Board of Regents since 1985, 41 went to the same school, UT-Austin. There are 13 other campuses in the system, but just one regent graduated from one of those schools. Similarly, alumni of the College Station flagship have predominated on the Texas A&M University System&rsquo...
Flagship bias? Longhorns, Aggies dominate UT, A&M boards of regents
 Of the 50 people who have served on the University of Texas System Board of Regents since 1985, 41 went to the same school, UT-Austin. There are 13 other campuses in the system, but just one regent graduated from one of those schools. Similarly, alumni of the College Station flagship have predominated on the Texas A&M University System&rsquo...

Posted: 11 days ago

Of the 50 people who have served on the University of Texas System Board of Regents since 1985, 41 went to the same school, UT-Austin. There are 13 other campuses in the system, but just one regent graduated from one of those schools. Similarly, alumni of the College Station flagship have predominated on the Texas A&M University System&rsquo...
No more books to be removed from UT Fine Arts Library
 University of Texas officials have decided against removing any more books and other materials from the Fine Arts Library. Students and faculty members had criticized previous transfers to off-campus storage, and the UT Faculty Council unanimously adopted a resolution last month objecting to further removals. More than 75,000 books, periodicals...

Posted: 15 days ago

University of Texas officials have decided against removing any more books and other materials from the Fine Arts Library. Students and faculty members had criticized previous transfers to off-campus storage, and the UT Faculty Council unanimously adopted a resolution last month objecting to further removals. More than 75,000 books, periodicals...
No more books to be removed from UT Fine Arts Library
 University of Texas officials have decided against removing any more books and other materials from the Fine Arts Library. Students and faculty members had criticized previous transfers to off-campus storage, and the UT Faculty Council unanimously adopted a resolution last month objecting to further removals. More than 75,000 books, periodicals...

Posted: 15 days ago

University of Texas officials have decided against removing any more books and other materials from the Fine Arts Library. Students and faculty members had criticized previous transfers to off-campus storage, and the UT Faculty Council unanimously adopted a resolution last month objecting to further removals. More than 75,000 books, periodicals...
UT now more likely to discipline employees who commit crimes
 University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves announced Thursday that school employees who commit crimes off campus could be subject to discipline even if officials find no threat to campus safety, security or other university operations. The new, more stringent policy comes after an American-Statesman investigation found that the university...

Posted: 19 days ago

University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves announced Thursday that school employees who commit crimes off campus could be subject to discipline even if officials find no threat to campus safety, security or other university operations. The new, more stringent policy comes after an American-Statesman investigation found that the university...
UT now more likely to discipline employees who commit crimes
 University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves announced Thursday that school employees who commit crimes off campus could be subject to discipline even if officials find no threat to campus safety, security or other university operations. The new policy comes after an American-Statesman investigation found that the university did not discipline...

Posted: 19 days ago

University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves announced Thursday that school employees who commit crimes off campus could be subject to discipline even if officials find no threat to campus safety, security or other university operations. The new policy comes after an American-Statesman investigation found that the university did not discipline...
Life as transplant surgeon a joy for former UT Chancellor Cigarroa
 To say that Dr. Francisco Cigarroa seems happy to be working as a transplant surgeon and professor after nearly six years as chancellor of the University of Texas System would be an understatement. He smiles and repeatedly uses the word “joy” to describe a job that requires him to be available night and day for two weeks each...

Posted: 25 days ago

To say that Dr. Francisco Cigarroa seems happy to be working as a transplant surgeon and professor after nearly six years as chancellor of the University of Texas System would be an understatement. He smiles and repeatedly uses the word “joy” to describe a job that requires him to be available night and day for two weeks each...
Texas State Greek groups sign on to stricter rules, resume activities
 More than two-thirds of fraternities and sororities at Texas State University are permitted to resume certain activities now that they have signed on to stricter rules regarding new member education, leadership training, limits on alcohol and other matters. Texas State President Denise Trauth suspended activities of the school’s 31...

Posted: 26 days ago

More than two-thirds of fraternities and sororities at Texas State University are permitted to resume certain activities now that they have signed on to stricter rules regarding new member education, leadership training, limits on alcohol and other matters. Texas State President Denise Trauth suspended activities of the school’s 31...
Texas State Greek groups sign on to stricter rules, resume activities
 More than two-thirds of fraternities and sororities at Texas State University are permitted to resume certain activities now that they have signed on to stricter rules regarding new member education, leadership training, limits on alcohol and other matters. Texas State President Denise Trauth suspended activities of the school’s 31...

Posted: 26 days ago

More than two-thirds of fraternities and sororities at Texas State University are permitted to resume certain activities now that they have signed on to stricter rules regarding new member education, leadership training, limits on alcohol and other matters. Texas State President Denise Trauth suspended activities of the school’s 31...
UT System uses Census Bureau data to track wages, loan debt for grads
 The University of Texas System, with help from the U.S. Census Bureau, has developed a comprehensive database listing median earnings and debt for graduates of the system’s academic and health campuses. Not surprisingly, it shows that petroleum engineers make a lot more money than sociology majors. Up to now, the UT System’s database...

Posted: 29 days ago

The University of Texas System, with help from the U.S. Census Bureau, has developed a comprehensive database listing median earnings and debt for graduates of the system’s academic and health campuses. Not surprisingly, it shows that petroleum engineers make a lot more money than sociology majors. Up to now, the UT System’s database...
Interest in Rex Tillerson as next UT System chancellor reported
 Some members of the committee searching for a new chancellor for the University of Texas System are reportedly interested in outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The former CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. is said to be open to the notion of leading the system’s 14 academic and health campuses, according to a report in The Wall Street...

9:35 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

Some members of the committee searching for a new chancellor for the University of Texas System are reportedly interested in outgoing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. The former CEO of Exxon Mobil Corp. is said to be open to the notion of leading the system’s 14 academic and health campuses, according to a report in The Wall Street...
UT System’s Ashbel Smith Hall in downtown Austin to be imploded Sunday
 Ashbel Smith Hall, a nine-story University of Texas System building, has stood for more than 40 years in downtown Austin. If all goes as planned, it will be leveled within 10 to 12 seconds Sunday. The former headquarters of the UT System’s governing board is scheduled to be imploded about 8 a.m. Sunday to make way for a new office...

11:01 PM Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

Ashbel Smith Hall, a nine-story University of Texas System building, has stood for more than 40 years in downtown Austin. If all goes as planned, it will be leveled within 10 to 12 seconds Sunday. The former headquarters of the UT System’s governing board is scheduled to be imploded about 8 a.m. Sunday to make way for a new office...
Higher education chief warns against too much expansion of campuses
 Gov. John Connally warned 50 years ago that excessive expansion of higher education in Texas would be a prescription for mediocrity, with the legislative funding pie sliced into ever-smaller pieces. Raymund Paredes, the state’s commissioner of higher education, delivered the same message to state senators Wednesday. The Senate Higher...

10:41 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

Gov. John Connally warned 50 years ago that excessive expansion of higher education in Texas would be a prescription for mediocrity, with the legislative funding pie sliced into ever-smaller pieces. Raymund Paredes, the state’s commissioner of higher education, delivered the same message to state senators Wednesday. The Senate Higher...
UT System report left out devilish details on tuition aid at campuses
 A chart and presentation at a meeting of the University of Texas System Board of Regents this week gave the impression that all undergraduates whose family incomes fall under certain levels don’t have to pay tuition and fees. In fact, that’s not the case. Consider UT-Austin. It appeared, based on the chart in the Board of Regents&rsquo...

7:24 PM Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2018

A chart and presentation at a meeting of the University of Texas System Board of Regents this week gave the impression that all undergraduates whose family incomes fall under certain levels don’t have to pay tuition and fees. In fact, that’s not the case. Consider UT-Austin. It appeared, based on the chart in the Board of Regents&rsquo...
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