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Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Sharp cuts smooth course for major changes at A&M

When the Texas A&M University System was looking for a new chancellor in 2011, alumni groups told Richard Box, the chairman of the board of regents, that the board should conduct nationwide search of academics.

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

Report: Community colleges may not lower price of degree

Knocking out the first two years of a four-year degree at a community college is a popular way for students to try to keep the price of higher education manageable. But a new report has found that...

Friday, October 19th, 2012

New Higher Ed chair says he’ll keep an open mind

Since it was created in 2009, the Senate Higher Education Committee has been led by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo. But this month, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst replaced the chairwoman with state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, who...

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Zaffirini’s ouster comes with a consolation prize

Zaffirini, an unabashed champion of the state's public universities who had fought to get the committee established in 2009 and has chaired it since, was replaced with state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo.

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Video: Fred Heldenfels IV on the future of higher education

San Marcos businessman Fred Heldenfels IV is at the helm of the board charged with making sure Texas higher education is competitive and relevant. HE sat down with the Mercury's content partner, The Texas Tribune, to talk...

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Video: GenTX campaign targets college-going culture

In 2008, Texas received a $6 million federal College Access Challenge Grant, and devoted half of it to a campaign to change the college-going culture in the state.

Friday, January 27th, 2012

New university rule reminds undocumented students to seek legal status

Just in case undocumented students receiving in-state tuition at Texas public colleges and universities forget that they pledged to apply for permanent residency status as soon as possible, a new rule approved today by the Texas Higher...

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Texas State University relishes new status (with video)

The new classification as an emerging research institution is a ticket to participate in a race to become the state’s next great public research university.

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

Texas State graduates to ’emerging research’ status

There are now eight Texas universities vying to be the state's next tier-one campus. Texas State University has officially been reclassified as an "emerging research university," making it eligible for the state-sanctioned competition designed to establish the...

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Higher ed officials tout student loan amendment

On Nov. 8, Texans will vote on 10 proposed amendments to the state Constitution, including one that would allow the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to continue its low-interest student loan program.

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