UT-Austin professors criticize university for halting antiracism study with preschoolers
The decision to halt the study comes after a University of Michigan-Flint professor filed an Office for Civil Rights complaint against the study, arguing it discriminates against children of color. But professors said pausing the study sets a negative precedent that could impact academic freedom.
UT-Austin to keep Stan Richards’ name on advertising school after he called motel campaign “too Black”
Richards’ comments in 2020 led to his resignation from his Dallas-based company, The Richards Group, as well as calls for the university to change the name of the Stan Richards College of Advertising and Public Relations, which launched in 2014.
OLLU campaign raises $55 million for student scholarships and restoration of beloved Sacred Heart Conventual Chapel
The Sacred Heart Conventual Chapel gets placed on National Registrar of Historic Places SAN ANTONIO – The Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Sacred Heart Conventual Chapel was registered as a Texas historical landmark by the United States Department of the Interior in late July. On July 26, the Sacred Heart Conventual Chapel was…lakefrontollu.com
A former professor files free speech lawsuit against Collin College over tweets about Mike Pence
The lawsuit filed this week is the second free speech lawsuit filed against the North Texas community college in two months. In separate filings, both professors claim that their First Amendment rights were violated for public statements they made outside the classroom.
Texas universities with federal contracts are caught between Greg Abbott and Joe Biden over COVID-19 vaccine mandates
While some universities in other states that hold federal contracts have mandated vaccines for all employees, many Texas universities, which collectively have billions in federal contracts, are still reviewing the executive order before it goes into effect Dec. 8.
Texas state Sen. Kel Seliger, a Republican willing to buck his party leadership, will not seek reelection
Seliger has served in the Senate since 2005 and led the higher education committee. He was seen as a champion of public education and local control but was derided as too soft on social conservative issues near the end of his tenure.
Texas colleges and universities get more than $3 billion for campus construction projects under bill headed to Gov. Greg Abbott
Before ending the special session Tuesday, Texas lawmakers reached a deal to allocate roughly $3.3 billion to higher education institutions for capital projects. The price tag went up from the Senate's original proposal.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asks Gov. Greg Abbott to add higher ed construction projects to third special session
The Texas Legislature has not approved bonds to fund capital projects on public university campuses since 2015, and many school leaders say they need help to build new buildings and maintain current structures.
“An invisible identity”: This undocumented young Texan faces uncertainty after DACA applications are closed
A University of Texas at Austin student who planned to apply to an Obama-era initiative for immigrants who came to America as children is stuck in limbo after a Texas judge halted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
UT-Austin attempts to calm faculty concerns over planned Liberty Institute organized with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, conservative donors
Provost Sharon Wood attempted to reassure faculty that the new institute is an investment in politics, philosophy and economics to attract new faculty. But some professors said they’re concerned UT-Austin is allowing the Legislature to politicize the university with the new center.
Texas NAACP, students file federal civil rights complaint over UT-Austin’s ‘Eyes of Texas’
The complaint signals a continued desire among some UT-Austin students and alumni to push administrators to discontinue using the song as the university’s alma mater, despite the university’s insistence that it will remain.
Texas State University president to retire at end of school year after 20 years
President Denise Trauth oversaw years of growth at Texas State as it became a Hispanic Serving Institution, a Texas Emerging Research University and underwent the most construction projects since the university's founding.
From free tuition to concert tickets, Texas colleges lure students and employees to get vaccinated
Texas public universities forbidden from mandating vaccines are trying to entice students and faculty to get the shot. Those moves come as more people ages 18 to 29 years old in Texas are being hospitalized with the virus.
Live COVID-19 updates: Texas’ back-to-school season marked by mask mandate battles, rural districts’ closures
COVID-19 is surging again in Texas. Gov. Greg Abbott has tested positive. Hospitalizations are increasing faster than at any other time. Local officials and school leaders are rebelling against Abbott’s ban on mask mandates. Here’s the latest.
Businesses near Texas Tech worry Big 12 shakeup will stir financial trouble, even if Lubbock’s economy isn’t in danger
Lubbock is one of the few sports hubs in West Texas, meaning college football games draw out-of-town crowds that fill local shops, restaurants and hotels. Some business owners and leaders there worry about lost revenue once the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma stop playing there.
Several local mask mandates in Texas allowed for now as legal challenges to Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban mount
COVID-19 is surging again in Texas. Hospitalizations are increasing faster than at any other time. Local officials and school leaders are pushing back against Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates. Here’s the latest.
NCAA declines to punish Baylor over handling of sexual assault allegations but criticizes university for “moral and ethical failings”
The report comes after investigations revealed Baylor leaders failed to report allegations of student sexual misconduct and protected football players accused of such behavior.
University of Texas president defends decision to join SEC as lawmakers criticize timing and impact on other schools
Jay Hartzell said the switch to the Southeastern Conference was the best thing for UT-Austin’s student athletes and the university. Texas senators expressed disdain for the move and questioned how it came about.
After UT-Austin signals a Big 12 exit, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick moves to create a Senate panel focused on college sports’ future
The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Oklahoma are expected to leave the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference. The move throws the athletics future of several other Texas schools into uncertainty.
T-Squared: What you can expect at this year’s Texas Tribune Festival
Nearly 150 speakers (including 20 more biggies revealed today) across more than 50 sessions. Four days of virtual programs. Two jampacked days of in-person programs. Everything streamed. Everything on demand. Are you as excited as we are?
Baylor University stirs anger and confusion as it opens the door for first LGBTQ student group
The decision to openly consider recognizing an LGBTQ group while simultaneously affirming the university's belief that marriage is between a man and a woman raised concerns among supporters and opponents who say Baylor is trying to "have its cake and eat it, too."
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott allocates $94.6 million in federal money to help students and colleges recover from pandemic-fueled problems
Most of the money will be used to help Texas colleges and universities expand or add new programs in areas with employment shortages and provide additional aid to students.
Gov. Greg Abbott signs bill allowing college athletes to profit off their own name and likeness
More than a dozen states have passed similar legislation allowing college athletes to be paid for the use of their name, image or likeness as state lawmakers have called on the federal government to set national guidelines.
Texas bill to ban the teaching of “critical race theory” spiked at the last minute on a technicality
Texas educators worried the bill would have a chilling effect on tough conversations about race and racism. GOP lawmakers said they wanted to ensure teachers' personal biases stay out of their lessons
Texas universities urge passage of funding bill for campus construction to train more medical students after pandemic
Rep. Jim Murphy said lawmakers selected projects that would address the state’s nursing and medical professional shortages as the COVID-19 pandemic reiterated additional need for skilled workers.
Texas State University to hold in-person, socially distanced commencement ceremonies in December
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Texas State University announced Monday that it will host in-person, socially distanced commencement ceremonies for its latest crop of graduates. The in-person ceremony for fall graduates will be held on Dec. 11 and a virtual ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 12. Earlier this month, Texas State sent spring and summer graduates who participated in the university’s first-ever virtual commencement ceremony a survey link to gauge interest in an in-person ceremony. For more information on the commencement ceremonies and schedule, click here. Related: Texas State University pauses diversity training after Trump executive order threatens federal funding
Online, spaced-out or even outside: A look at college courses at San Antonio-area universities during the pandemic
Like Trinity, Texas State University in San Marcos has created remote learning study spaces and adopted a new approach to face-to-face learning, applicable to art students. This is what my $25,000 tuition buys me at Texas State! This is what my $25,000 tuition buys me at Texas State! However, a majority of face-to-face classes will include an online or remote component in an effort to reduce classroom density. Video of UTSA students in the orchestra participating in a socially distanced rehearsal is below:Read also:
College Graduates 2020: Brittanie Rivas
SAN ANTONIO St. Philips College is celebrating the accomplishments of graduate and Army veteran, Brittanie Rivas. Rivas enrolled at the East Side campus as her first step towards helping others. During her time at St. Philips, Rivas accomplished another dream: starting a family. Through the help of professors, Rivas was able to adjust to a new standard to earn her pre-nursing degree from St. Philips College. Army veteran, Brittanie Rivas, enrolled at St. Philips College to pursue a degree focus on helping others.
South Side teen receives full-ride scholarship to MIT
SAN ANTONIO – A local high school senior from the city's South Side was accepted to and awarded a full-ride scholarship to one of the world's most prestigious universities. María García-García will graduate from Young Women's Leadership Academy and head to Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall with a four-year scholarship worth over $200,000. A local high school senior from the city's South Side accepted to and awarded a full-ride scholarship to one of the world's most prestigious universities. It's a big accomplishment the Young Women's Leadership Academy senior's mentors are extremely proud of. To learn more on how to apply for the 2020 College Prep Scholars Program for QuestBridge, click here.
TACHE to award nine scholarships Dec. 4 to district students
Three college presidents added four scholarships to help first-generation students attend college. De Leon said TACHE is an advocate for students, faculty and staff in all the Alamo Colleges and universities in the San Antonio area. In 1974 TACHE wanted to diversify and provide scholarships for Hispanics or people of color who didnt have the opportunity to attend college, De Leon said. In addition to a scholarship from TACHE for each of the five district colleges, President Robert Vela of this college and President Ric Neal Baser from Northwest Vista College each added a $300 scholarship. Palo Alto College president Robert Garza added two $300 schorlships.theranger.org