As long as Texas believes that educational opportunity is essential to our state's freedom and prosperity and Historically Black Universities such as Prairie View A&M University are willing to evolve and respond to the call of liberty and opportunity with a quality academic product, the HBU concept is relevant and necessary.
Contrary to the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and the presidential cabinet nominations that followed, qualifications matter. Public service may be a calling, but good policy is made from more than civic virtue. Leaders need training.
A collaborative, thoughtful approach to dual-credit expansion will better prepare students either for further academic work at higher education institutions or for the workforce.
America does not produce college graduates who are ready for work, independence or advancing their community — in other words, life.
As the appalling details of the Baylor University sexual assault scandal come to light, Ken Starr has learned that the path to successfully completing a university presidency is long and arduous.
By now, most Texans are familiar with the reports of Baylor University’s mishandling of sexual assaults in the past few years — the secrets, the lack of reports, the intimidation, the retaliation, the lawsuits — all at the expense of survivors. As a representative of a state coalition compromised of over 80 programs across Texas seeking to combat sexual violence, I find what Baylor did unacceptable and downright wrong.
As the Texas government forces Texas families to pick up more and more of the tab for higher education, some in the Capitol are trying to eliminate much-needed tuition assistance.
After a barrage of negative press and finger-pointing — and with little institutional pushback — the Baylor Board of Regents appear to have taken a page right out of Leviticus as rumors swirl about efforts to remove Kenneth Starr as president.
To reach Texas' ambitious college graduation goals, our cities, counties, school districts and two-year and four-year college systems will have to make radical changes in the way we share information and collaborate to guide students through their college years.
If lawmakers want to reduce college tuition costs, we must first look to ourselves.
I respect the University of Texas and Texas A&M University, but to assume those universities are the best choice for every one of our state’s best and brightest high school students is misguided.
If you were to believe the sound bites about tuition at public institutions in Texas, it would be easy to assume higher education is an unchecked behemoth that wastes money and wreaks havoc on students. While it is certainly true that there is room for improved efficiency, it is time to take a clear-eyed look at the facts.
While any new allocation of state resources for higher education is a welcome departure from the broad erosion of financial support for public universities across the nation, Governor Abbott's new initiative misses the point.
Unless our public universities are faced with the necessity of reducing costs, they will never be appropriately motivated to combat wasteful spending, address administrative bloat or find new ways to keep college affordable for students.
The discourse that began after a race-related incident this week on the Texas A&M campus is not new to the state or the country. It is a road that has been traveled before and lingers to be frequented again.
Historically, accolades and attention for major scientific research have gone to the two coasts in the United States, with big-name universities on the East Coast and federal research labs on the West attracting the majority of research funding and resources. But Texas is now emerging as the Third Coast of scientific research and innovation
For everyone in Texas, the diversity in our university classrooms is a matter of justice, prosperity and maybe even survival.
We must work toward creating a college campus climate where women do not feel that lethal force is their only option for protecting themselves.
Feminists should be the biggest proponents of campus carry because denying women the right to protect themselves negates the intent of their movement.
The renewed campus carry debate at the University of Texas at Austin is just the latest example of the cognitive disconnect demonstrated by gun-control activists in Texas who have no problem seeing a movie at a theater, shopping at a mall or worshipping at a church that allows concealed carry — but are absolutely terrified of stepping into a classroom that does the same.
How higher education evolves and adapts to meet the needs of today’s diverse student population will be critical to Texas’ long-term ability to satisfy workforce demands and remain prosperous and competitive.
Where will Texas find its next generation of engineers? As college costs and employer expectations rise, part of the solution lies in serving students in their communities.
Texas lawmakers made a firm commitment to higher education at a time when other states are struggling to keep their colleges and universities open, accessible and affordable.
As chancellors of the two largest higher education systems in Texas, we’re strongly committed to maintaining tuition benefits for veterans. But the current system is unsustainable.
To address changing workforce needs and ballooning higher education costs, Texas should open up more pathways to a four-year degree.
An explosive new report should give the U.S. Supreme Court yet another reason to again review the use of race in the University of Texas at Austin's admissions policy.
President Obama's community college proposal isn't perfect, but the status quo isn't cutting it for students in Texas. It may just be our least bad alternative.
The attention on the University of Texas System will continue into the New Year, and for good reason. That's why governance of the system will be such a critical issue for Texas this year.
Attending college in Texas shouldn't be a luxury afforded only to the wealthy or those willing to take on massive student loan debt. But that's what's happened in our state since we deregulated tuition.
I deeply understand the struggles that many first-generation students face when they arrive at college. That's why I've returned to the University of Texas at Austin.
Too many students today think innovations in higher education, like online courses, are meant to make learning easy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Students must live up to their end of the bargain.
By fostering a culture of accountability that treats victims' experiences as crimes rather than misunderstandings, the University of Texas at Austin is setting a strong example.
I implore anyone else with an ounce of burnt-orange pride to join me in resisting calls for University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers' ouster. Support the man who has supported UT so well over the past eight years.
University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has been actively insubordinate on the job amid years of strife with the UT System. It's time for him to step aside.
My work at the University of Texas at Austin has helped draw attention to why poor students struggle to graduate from college. But there's another reason why many students don't graduate: the grading curve. Let's get rid of it.
The “A” and the “M” in our university system's name are symbolic links to our history. But as our reputation shifts, the land-grant mission we started with must be redefined.
Anyone who follows the news is aware of the strong debates that have occurred during my tenure. This job is not for the timid.
Wallace Hall's continued presence on the UT board of regents will further complicate the university system's efforts to move beyond this toxic environment, particularly as it seeks to fill the role of chancellor.
I know what it's like to have to stand up and fight against the political establishment. Wallace Hall has stood up for transparency and accountability, and he shouldn't back down.