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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.