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.
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Texas A&M selected best for veteransMilitary veterans-turned-Aggies have made the best possible college decision, according to a ranking of nearly 1,400 colleges nationwide. Red Raiders aren’t too far behind. Texas A&M University in College Station was named the best school for veterans based on 19 different factors by College Factual, a website that crunches data on higher education to provide numerous rankings.This ranking aims “to help veterans and active duty service members to identify colleges that are likely to be supportive of them and their unique needs,” according to College Factual’s website.The factors considered in the ranking include affordability, veteran population, veteran flexibility, veteran policies, veteran resources and overall college quality.A&M had 1,213 undergraduate students receiving GI Bill benefits at the time the data was collected and participates in all four federal programs that help set the standards for veteran education, according to College Factual.
Three Texas universities in top world rankingsWorld university rankings are out and Texas has some bragging rights. The University of Texas at Austin, Rice University in Houston and Texas A&M University at College Station were listed in the top 200 public and private universities around the world, according to Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings. They ranked 28, 69 and 141, respectively.Last year, Times Higher Education had the same universities ranked at 27, 65 and 159. The University of Texas at Dallas was listed at 188 that year. But there’s also some sobering news. While the U.S. has more universities in the top 200 than any other country, its universities’ rankings have dropped most drastically. And the U.S. is 13th in “bang for the buck,” pointing out what parents and loan-strapped recent grads say often—higher ed is pricey.Continue reading