Texas

Let's Make a Deal

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The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College have had a cozy relationship since 1991, when the two signed an agreement to pool their resources and allow students to seamlessly transfer between the community college and the four-year institution, which share a campus.

Push for Performance

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Texas board wants to change funding formulas for universities and community colleges; faculty leaders question priorities and fairness of plan.

Gunshots in the Distance

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U. of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College deal with escalating violence in nearby Mexico.

UT Pulls Plug on Partnership

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Citing Texas Southmost board's failure to ratify new agreement, University of Texas regents terminate deal with two-year college with which it shares a campus.

Budget Cuts Galore

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Rural community colleges across country argue they will be disproportionately hurt by the many across-the-board state budget cuts currently being proposed.

Ending the Late Option

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A Texas community college decides to risk losing some state funds by forcing students to register on time — with goal of improving completion rates.

Faculty No Longer

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Librarians at a Texas community college district chafe as new hires are deemed professional staff instead of faculty.

Equal Time for 'Traditional Values'

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The Texas House of Representatives has passed a budget bill that would require any public college with a student center on "alternative" sexuality to provide equal funding to create new centers to promote "traditional values."

While the Senate has yet to adopt a version of the budget bill, the inclusion of the measure in the overall budget bill and the dominance of social conservatives in Texas politics means that the measure could well be enacted. The House vote in favor of the amendment on the campus sexuality centers was 110-24.

Wrong Kind of Accountability?

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Texas faculty members chafe at regents’ "overly simplistic" tools to measure them.

Why They Move

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In tough budget times, departures of top faculty set off debates over how to retain and lure away the best -- especially at flagships that appear targets for raids.

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