Back in Session
This week the Texas Legislature gaveled in the 83rd Legislative Session and higher education will be one of the top agenda items discussed, debated and legislated during this Session. Cost, accessibility and quality are all topics of discussion, as well as the potential appointment of 16 regents to Texas university systems. Texas, of course, isn’t the only state where higher education is a hot topic. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities this week issued a report on the “Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2013.” The full report can be viewed here, but the issues range from state support to college readiness and online education. Many of these same issues continue to dominate discussions in Texas. The Coalition will continue to be a thoughtful voice in any debate on higher education as we have since our inception in June of 2011. We believe in the critical importance of both teaching and research, we promote quality in higher education, and we support university leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to a culture of excellence and continual innovation. We also support the efforts of those universities that are working to achieve Tier One status, which would bring additional research and development capabilities, and create jobs and economic opportunity throughout Texas. This legislative session we will champion those efforts to improve quality education for Texas students and criticize any so-called “reforms” that will undermine the quality and integrity of our universities, especially our Tier One institutions.
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