Virginia: A Cautionary Tale for Texas
The University of Virginia Board of Visitors met today to vote on whether to re-instate President Teresa Sullivan, who was forced to resign earlier this month. While President Sullivan was unanimously reinstated during the meeting, the subsequent turmoil after her resignation – prominent resignations, negative national publicity, tensions among faculty, students and alumni, complaints about a lack of transparency – offers another cautionary tale for Texas about the importance of boards and administrators working collaboratively for the good of the institution and student body.
Today, the Coalition issued the following statement viewing Virginia as a cautionary tale for Texas.
"We are not at War with Universities"
“We are not at war with universities.” That was the message from Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick at this week’s press conference at which he railed against Texas universities over the cost of tuition. Media coverage of the press conference suggested a different message, however, with headlines using phrases such as “bashed” “slams” and “blasts” to describe Patrick’s tone toward the institutions.Continue reading
Dual Credit, Hyperloops & Domino's Pizza
New data show high school students enrolled in dual credit programs are not always receiving full credit toward their degree plan once they get to college. According to theAustin American-Statesman, “Researchers said instituting a statewide agreement among higher education institutions specifying the types of courses that must be accepted toward degree plans, and better advising in high school, could mitigate the problem.” While less time in college could ultimately help reduce the cost of a degree, the quality of the dual credit program and how it complement a university’s curriculum must also be taken into consideration.Continue reading