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Take a look at relevant facts, reports and information that will better inform you about the challenges and opportunities in higher education in Texas, and what's being done to address them.

College "Credit": Reducing Unmanageable Student Debt and Maximizing Return on Education

December 07, 2012
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Is College Affordable? In Search of a Meaningful Definition

July 01, 2012
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University of Texas at Austin Commencement Address 2012

May 22, 2012
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Texas Exes Announce 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award Honorees

May 08, 2012
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Faculty Senate Resolution Supporting Bowen- Hagler Editorial

May 02, 2012
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  • Great isn’t good enough.

    This week Gov. Greg Abbott sat down with The Alcalde, the alumni magazine of the Texas Exes, for a wide-ranging interview about the state of higher education in Texas. He discussed innovation, his Governor’s University Research Initiative, the Dell Medical School and the appointment of regents who share his vision of helping UT Austin strive “to be the No. 1 public university in the United States of America.” He also praised recent rankings saying that "those are great numbers" but, he added, "this is Texas and great isn't good enough. We expect to be the best."

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  • "You are not going to get a job."

    This week the Texas House of Representatives took up the topic of college tuition in what was described as a “kinder and gentler” manner than their Senate colleagues. While Committee members expressed concern over costs, they also cited the affordability of community colleges in Texas and noted that while costs are increasing at four year institutions, they are still relatively low overall. “Our two flagships — A&M and UT-Austin — are frequently listed among the best educational bargains in the country," said Raymund Paredes, chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. 

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