Texas

Lone Star College adopts differential tuition

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Lone Star College has begun charging varying rates for courses systemwide, based on cost of delivery, and plans to add student success incentives, some of them financial.

Texas technical colleges want to link state funding and employment outcomes

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Texas technical colleges want to link 45 percent of their operating budget to the employment success of graduates.

Texas community college faculty object to common textbook plan

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A Texas community college district wants to save money for students by selecting common materials for each course. Faculty object, saying their teaching role is being diminished.

Houston Community College encounters challenges in Qatar

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Houston Community College's experiences in Qatar -- including issues of gender segregation, administrative infighting and student discontent -- provide a cautionary tale of foreign expansion.

Texas wants to boost four-year graduation rate by 20 points

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U. of Texas committee unveils plan to graduate 70 percent of next year's freshmen in four years -- up from 50 percent today.

Education Department raises hackles over clock hour definition

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The Education Department's take on the definition of "clock hour" programs is too broad and could unfairly cut into federal aid, say a Texas state agency and for-profits.

Texas business group's billboard campaign on completion rates

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Texas Association of Business goes after community college graduation rates with a campaign that was influenced by Complete College America.

Dual enrollment on the rise for Texas community colleges

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Community colleges across Texas are finding tens of thousands of high school students who are eager to take free dual-credit courses, an approach favored by the state's mostly Republican lawmakers.

Alamo Colleges hope free summer courses will encourage momentum to graduation

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A Texas community college system is hoping the appeal of free summer courses will drive students to move from part-time to full-time status, giving completion rates a boost.

'Starving the Beast' examines ideological shifts in funding for higher education

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New documentary explores the philosophy and players behind cutting state support for higher education.

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