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9:27 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Once Again, 5th Circuit Court Hears Arguments In Fisher v. University Of Texas

The Supreme Court did not make a decision on the Fisher case and urged the lower court to instead take a closer look at UT admitting policies.
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A panel of judges from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals were in Austin yesterday to hear oral arguments in the affirmative action case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.

Austin-resident Abigail Fisher argued she lost her spot at UT because she’s white and took her case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court did not make a ruling and instead kicked it back to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, saying the court needed to take another look at UT admission policies.

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University of Texas
12:47 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

UT Regent Wallace Hall Will Testify In Impeachment Hearing

Marsha Miller University of Texas

A Texas House committee has subpoenaed University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall to speak during his legislative impeachment hearing.

Hall is accused of overstepping his authority by requesting thousands of open-records requests and violating students' privacy by distributing records with student information.

Hall's impeachment hearing before the Texas House Committee on Transparency of Governmental Agencies is a historic event as the state has never attempted to remove an appointed state official. 

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Texas Education
12:23 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Minority Students at UT Await Affirmative Action Ruling

UT-Austin continues to defend its use of race in admissions. Some beneficiaries of affirmative action fear what a strike to those policies could mean.
Matthew Alvarez for KUT News

Originally published on Mon October 28, 2013 11:06 am

Since 2008, the University of Texas has been ensnared in a legal battle  – Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin – over its use of race in admissions.

The university says when it comes to deciding whether to accept or reject a student, race is considered as a factor within a factor. But once a student is accepted, what impact does diversity have on the students' learning on campus and in the classroom?

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The Source - October 22, 2013
2:31 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

The Source: UT Regent Oversight Or Overreach? | Chasing The Superbug

Students walk across campus
Marsha Miller University of Texas

In the first segment:

Today the investigation into a controversial University of Texas regent begins hearing testimony. Wallace Hall has made few friends since being appointed to the board, but what has brought him to the brink of possible impeachment? It would be the first in Texas history as a non-elected official.

The past few years at the University of Texas have been rocky and not just for the football team. Behind the ivory and Indiana limestone a fight over reform has been getting downright confrontational.

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Texas Universities
12:47 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

UT Engineering School Graduates Record Number of Minorities

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Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 12:15 pm

The Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas has been ranked third in the country for graduation rates among minorities, according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education. In 2012, 41 percent of the school’s graduates, or 441 students, were minorities.

Efforts by the Equal Opportunity in Engineering program at UT contributed to the gain. Program director Enrique Dominguez cites the organization’s close involvement in the academic progress of minority students. 

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Higher Education
9:07 am
Mon September 16, 2013

How To Keep Tuition & Fees From Climbing On Your Child's Academic Future

Texas State University-San Marcos.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

The state’s prepaid college tuition program known as the Texas Tuition Promise Fund began its open enrollment this month.

This is the sixth year for the fund that gives parents the opportunity to lock in tomorrow's college tuition costs at Texas public colleges and universities at today's prices.

Families can purchase one of three types of  prepaid "tuition units" that are later applied toward undergraduate tuition and fees. Prices are based on 2013-14 academic year costs for the state’s public colleges.

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Higher Education
12:27 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Universities Deal With $2.7 Billion Tuition Revenue Bond Shortage

Texas State University-San Marcos is putting two new buildings on hold due to the shortage in tuition revenue bonds.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

From the tail end of the regular legislative session until the last seconds of the final special session of the summer, 60 Texas colleges and universities held their breath wondering if Gov. Rick Perry would add legislation to provide an extra $2.7 billion in tuition revenue bonds to complete various projects on campuses.

Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, authored a bill with bipartisan support to cover the money, but Perry didn't add it to the special sessions.

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University of Texas
1:26 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Committee Weighs Impeaching UT Regent: How We Got Here and What's Next

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Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 2:01 pm

Update: The Texas House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations met Monday to discuss an investigation that could lead to impeachment proceedings against a University of Texas System Regent.

The committee is tasked with deciding which articles for impeachment it could possibly bring against Wallace Hall. But at a committee hearing, lawmakers found there's little historic precedent to guide the process. According to Jeff Archer with the Texas Legislative Counsel, there have been few attempts to impeach a public official in Texas and there’s no definition or standard for what’s considered an impeachable offense. 

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Texas
3:09 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Why Austin's the Reason 7-Eleven Stays Open Around the Clock

The south campus 7-Eleven location. Austin had the first 24-hour location of the company.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Originally published on Fri July 11, 2014 12:01 pm

If you're heading to 7-Eleven today for a free Slurpee, raise your glass to the city of Austin and her Texas Longhorns: After all, it was here in Austin the convenience store giant first went 24/7.

In its corporate history, the Dallas-based chain writes that in 1963 “one 7-Eleven store in Austin, Texas, located close to the University of Texas, stayed so busy after a football game, it couldn’t close. The store just remained open.” That night’s success kept the store open 24 hours from there on out - inspiring other locations to do the same.

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Supreme Court
3:17 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action In Universities Back To Fifth Circuit

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Affirmative action in college admissions is heading back to a lower court after the U.S. Supreme Court opted not to issue a sweeping constitutionality decision and instead re-evaluated the fundamentals in Fisher v. University of Texas.

The case centered on Abigail Fisher, a UT hopeful who was denied admission in 2008 -- Fisher was Caucasian. She claimed that students of other race were given priority admittance.

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