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Premont, a 480-student school district in south Texas, went from threat of closure to meeting state standards within five short years and the school’s unique partnership with Texas A&M Kingsville is credited with helping the turnaround. Eric Ramos, the interim superintendent said the “support that the university has offered has allowed us to focus on improving the self-efficacy and the capacity of the teachers,” he said, describing the partnership as "amazing.” A&M provided “support, training, mentorship and opportunities to the students, teachers and administrators.” State education officials are studying the partnership for clues about how to replicate the model for other districts around the state.

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Red Raiders in Costa Rica

Texas Tech this week announced two expansions, one into Costa Rica and another into the Permian Basin, where the school will construct a new academic facility to build on its existing Health Sciences Center. In San Jose, Costa Rica, the institution will build a new branch campus to, according to President Lawrence Schovanec, “advance our reputation and competitive position by preparing our graduates to live and work in different cultures.”

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Complexities & Ambiguities

In MONEY magazine’s latest roundup of the “15 best public colleges in the U.S” Texas A&M was the only Texas institution on the list, coming in 4th. According to MONEY’s analysis, “Almost a quarter of students come from low-income families, and Texas A&M accepts 71% of applicants.” Chancellor John Sharp and President Michael K. Young editorialized about how Texas A&M is working on affordability issues through a series of measures, including a recently announced public-private partnership for student housing. In the Dallas Morning News they wrote, “At Texas A&M, our focus is on innovative solutions to help our institution fulfill its land-grant mission — to improve lives through teaching, research and outreach."

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An "Unusual Specter"

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of a mass shooting on the UT Austin campus, which killed 14 people and injured more than 30 others. It also marks the first day in which Texas’ new campus carry legislation goes into effect. Call it an “unusual specter” or an “ironic coincidence,” the intersection of the two milestones has drawn national attention to both. In a commentary piece for theChronicle of Higher Education, a former UT Austin professor wrote, “It was a sad, horrific day, August 1, 1966. Perhaps just as sad is that 50 years later Texas lawmakers as well as the governor’s office, in claiming that the concealed-carry implementation date is coincidental, display a willful ignorance of so important a date in the flagship campus’s history.”

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UH to the Big 12?

Reports out this week suggest the University of Houston would drop its opposition to the UT System expansion in Houston in exchange for entrance into the Big 12 conference. The idea of welcoming UH into the Big 12 received immediate support from Governor Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Patrick and UT Austin President Fenves, as indicated by a round of supportive Tweets. According to the Austin American-Statesman, Houston lawmakers had differing views on whether or not a “swap” was in the works. “I have talked to boosters of the university who have floated that concept,” said Rep. Garnet Coleman. “In these circumstances, people use the tools that they have, and that’s one of the tools the University of Houston has. All’s fair in love and war.” State Sen. John Whitmire, however, had a differing view. “For anyone to think there’s a swap there, I say not only no, but hell no,” he said. “They are separate and apart.”

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  • GTT

    Premont, a 480-student school district in south Texas, went from threat of closure to meeting state standards within five short years and the school’s unique partnership with Texas A&M Kingsville is credited with helping the turnaround. Eric Ramos, the interim superintendent said the “support that the university has offered has allowed us to focus on improving the self-efficacy and the capacity of the teachers,” he said, describing the partnership as "amazing.” A&M provided “support, training, mentorship and opportunities to the students, teachers and administrators.” State education officials are studying the partnership for clues about how to replicate the model for other districts around the state.

    Continue reading
  • Red Raiders in Costa Rica

    Texas Tech this week announced two expansions, one into Costa Rica and another into the Permian Basin, where the school will construct a new academic facility to build on its existing Health Sciences Center. In San Jose, Costa Rica, the institution will build a new branch campus to, according to President Lawrence Schovanec, “advance our reputation and competitive position by preparing our graduates to live and work in different cultures.”

    Continue reading

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