The Aggies are coming to Austin!

“A UT education allows the sons and daughters of sales clerks and factory workers to one day own the store,” said UT Austin President Greg Fenves this week as he announced $15 million in additional aid for students of middle-class families. The goal of the new effort is to make a UT Austin education increasingly affordable and accessible to more Texas families.

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"As imperfect as it might be."

“It does not require a force as powerful as the sun to get The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University to work together, but it certainly helps. UT Austin’s Next Generation Photovoltaics Center will add a new solar research site at Texas A&M University thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).” Along with non-academic partners, such as Boeing and the U.S. Air Force, the researchers will address both technical and non-technical challenges of solar power, including educating the public about the low-cost energy being produced by solar farms.

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The Politics of Higher Education

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a new initiative to create “Innovative Academies” at Texas public high schools, which will allow students to earn college credits in high school in targeted programs that lead to “direct employment in high-demand occupations.” Schools will apply to the Texas Education Agency for funding of their programs, which are expected to be in areas such as aerospace, manufacturing, energy and computer science.

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A Provocative Demonstration

Higher education opportunities for Texans expanded this fall when Texas A&M University San Antonio welcomed its inaugural class of freshman. The campus had included upper-division students since it was first formed in 2009. The Legislature approved expansion to a four year academic institution in 2015, paving the way for the school to welcome 513 freshman this fall. “This is a historic achievement for this university and the people of San Antonio,” said Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp.

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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.

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  • The Aggies are coming to Austin!

    “A UT education allows the sons and daughters of sales clerks and factory workers to one day own the store,” said UT Austin President Greg Fenves this week as he announced $15 million in additional aid for students of middle-class families. The goal of the new effort is to make a UT Austin education increasingly affordable and accessible to more Texas families.

    Continue reading
  • "As imperfect as it might be."

    “It does not require a force as powerful as the sun to get The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University to work together, but it certainly helps. UT Austin’s Next Generation Photovoltaics Center will add a new solar research site at Texas A&M University thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).” Along with non-academic partners, such as Boeing and the U.S. Air Force, the researchers will address both technical and non-technical challenges of solar power, including educating the public about the low-cost energy being produced by solar farms.

    Continue reading

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