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.
Barbarians, Rankings & Guns
Chancellor Bill McRaven made headlines this week at a National Security Forum hosted by UT Austin’s Clements Center for National Security and the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Calling Islamic State terrorists “barbarians” who “need to be destroyed,” McRaven urged the U.S. to lead in the fight against global terror. The symposium, which convened military and national security leaders from around the country, comes weeks after McRaven released his vision for the UT System, which includes building a UT Network for National Security.Continue reading
A Titan in Our Community
The Texas A&M System Board of Regents unanimously approved a 2.2 percent tuition hike this week that will impact students across the System. In explaining the increase, the Board’s Finance Chairman Charles W. Schwartz said, “We know that Texas A&M and its constituent universities don't live in a vacuum … we're subject to forces of the economy like every other public actor."Continue reading
Last weekend to kick off Texas A&M University’s $4 billion capital campaign, the Aggies pulled out all the stops, including the world’s largest card stunt that featured the campaigns’ theme: Lead by Example. Officials also announced the campaign has raised $1.9 billion since 2012 when it began the “quiet phase” of the fundraising push. According to The Eagle, funds “will provide scholarships, allow the school to compete for accomplished faculty, construct facilities and attain new technology.”