Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune http://kut.org en Cigarroa Tells Powers to Resign or Be Fired http://kut.org/post/cigarroa-tells-powers-resign-or-be-fired <p class="p1" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">U</span><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box;">niversity of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa has asked University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers to resign ahead of the Board of Regents’ July 10 meeting or be fired at it, multiple sources confirmed to The Texas Tribune on Friday.& Fri, 04 Jul 2014 19:35:27 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10738 at http://kut.org Cigarroa Tells Powers to Resign or Be Fired In Letter to UT Board Chair, Hall Says He Won't Resign http://kut.org/post/letter-ut-board-chair-hall-says-he-wont-resign <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, who&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/15/ut-board-chairman-calls-regent-hall-resign/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">was asked to resign</a>&nbsp;last week by the chairman of the board of regents, sent a letter to the chairman on Monday saying he does not intend to do any such thing, according to Hall's lawyer.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">At Thursday's&nbsp;board meeting, chairman Paul Foster said that Hall could take "a selfless step to benefit the UT System" by stepping down from his post.&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box;">According to a system spokeswoman, as of Monday afternoon, Foster had not yet received Hall's letter responding to his comments.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Last week, a legislative committee&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/12/transparency-committee-expected-vote-hall/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">had agreed that grounds exist</a>&nbsp;to impeach Hall, who has been scrutinized for conducting personal investigations of the operations of the University of Texas at Austin that some have characterized as an abuse of his office.</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:10:13 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10454 at http://kut.org In Letter to UT Board Chair, Hall Says He Won't Resign UT Board Chairman Calls for Regent Hall to Resign http://kut.org/post/ut-board-chairman-calls-regent-hall-resign <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">Three days after a legislative committee said there were grounds to impeach University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, the chairman of UT’s board of regents called on Hall to resign.</span></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 00:17:56 +0000 Cathaleen Qiao Chen, Texas Tribune & Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10430 at http://kut.org UT Board Chairman Calls for Regent Hall to Resign Two Texas Colleges on Title IX Investigation List http://kut.org/post/two-texas-colleges-title-ix-investigation-list <div class="content" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;"><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35;">Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas-Pan American&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-releases-list-higher-education-institutions-open-title-i" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" target="_blank">are on a list</a>&nbsp;of higher education institutions under investigation for possible violations of federal law in their handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">For the first time, the<a href="http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" target="_blank">&nbsp;U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights</a>&nbsp;released the comprehensive list of schools under investigation for issues relating to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender at institutions that receive federal financial assistance.</span></p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:08:51 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10344 at http://kut.org Two Texas Colleges on Title IX Investigation List UT-Austin Faculty Objects to Shared Services Plan http://kut.org/post/ut-austin-faculty-objects-shared-services-plan <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">More than 100 faculty members at the University of Texas at Austin signed a letter this week expressing concern and dismay over a proposal to centralize and consolidate services such as&nbsp;human resources and information technology.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">That shared services model would combine administrative services now located and staffed in individual departments of the university in an attempt to save millions of dollars annually.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">In the letter to UT-Austin President Bill Powers, faculty members posited that such a move would harm the university's sense of community. "People choose to work at the University of Texas at Austin because they believe in its educational and social mission," the letter said. "Adoption of a shared services model will weaken departments’ commitment to those missions by devaluing bonds between faculty and staff that develop from working toward common goals."</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:59:38 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10200 at http://kut.org UT-Austin Faculty Objects to Shared Services Plan Report Cites Possible Grounds for Hall's Impeachment http://kut.org/post/report-cites-possible-grounds-halls-impeachment <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">There could be grounds to impeach University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall on at least on at least four different counts, according to a&nbsp;report by the special counsel to the legislative committee that has been investigating the controversial gubernatorial appointee.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">The report, which was obtained by the Tribune on Monday night on the condition that it not be published in its entirety, is the handiwork of a team led by Houston attorney Rusty Hardin, which&nbsp;</span><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">reviewed more than 150,000 pages of documents and sat through dozens of&nbsp;hours&nbsp;of interviews and testimony before the&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box;">House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations&nbsp;</span>during the second half of 2013.</span></span></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:14:53 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 10146 at http://kut.org Report Cites Possible Grounds for Hall's Impeachment In Austin, College Board Announces Major SAT Changes http://kut.org/post/austin-college-board-announces-major-sat-changes <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The SAT, a standardized test that for many students is an intimidating hurdle to clear en route to college admissions, is about to undergo a major redesign. Among the changes being announced by The College Board in Austin on Wednesday: The test will revert to a 1600-point scale, and the&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box;">essay portion will be optional and scored separately.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">According to the Texas Education Agency, more than 182,000 Texas public high school students took the SAT, the ACT (another test used in college admissions developed by ACT, Inc.) or both exams in 2011, the most recent year for which data is available. That total represents nearly 69 percent of all public high school graduates in Texas.</span></p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:59:53 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 9896 at http://kut.org In Austin, College Board Announces Major SAT Changes Most Eighth-Graders Fail to Get Degree 11 Years Later http://kut.org/post/most-eighth-graders-fail-get-degree-11-years-later <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Among young Texans who started eighth grade in 2001, less than one-fifth went on to earn a higher education credential within six years of their high school graduation. And rates were even lower among African-American and Hispanic students and those who were economically disadvantaged, according to data analyzed by two state education agencies and presented Tuesday in a Texas Tribune news application. &nbsp;</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Since 2012, Houston Endowment, a philanthropic foundation and sponsor of the news app, has advocated for the use of “cohort tracking” to evaluate the state’s education pipeline. The analysis begins with all Texas students entering eighth grade in a given year and follows them for 11 years, giving them six years after high school to earn a post-secondary degree. &nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:40:28 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 9764 at http://kut.org Most Eighth-Graders Fail to Get Degree 11 Years Later Report: Regent Didn't Violate Student Privacy Laws http://kut.org/post/report-regent-didnt-violate-student-privacy-laws <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">After reviewing University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall's handling of information that may be confidential under federal student privacy laws, outside lawyers for the system have concluded that there was "no credible evidence of a violation of [the state government code] that would warrant a referral for criminal prosecution."</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:13:54 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 9561 at http://kut.org Report: Regent Didn't Violate Student Privacy Laws UT Regent Hall Declines Invitation to Testify http://kut.org/post/ut-regent-hall-declines-invitation-testify <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall has declined an invitation to testify this week before the legislative committee that is conducting an investigation of his actions as a regent — an inquiry that could result in a recommendation that he be impeached.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations is scheduled to meet on Wednesday and Thursday. They have subpoenaed UT System Chancellor Francisco </span>Cigarroa<span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;"> and University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers to testify. They opted not to issue a subpoena for Hall, though they hoped to hear from him.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:37:33 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 9392 at http://kut.org UT Regent Hall Declines Invitation to Testify UT Regents to Discuss Employment of Bill Powers http://kut.org/post/ut-regents-discuss-employment-bill-powers <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The University of Texas System Board of Regents plans to discuss the employment of University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers during a closed-door executive session at its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/meetings/board-meeting-2013-12-12" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">board meeting</a>&nbsp;on Thursday.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Powers' job at the flagship university, which he has held for nearly eight years, has been believed by some to be in jeopardy since the appointment of new board members in 2011. Multiple board meetings have been preceded by rumors of his impending ousting, but the speculation has consistently proven incorrect.</p><p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:30:32 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 9334 at http://kut.org UT Regents to Discuss Employment of Bill Powers Tension, Anxiety Are Backdrop of UT Regents Meeting http://kut.org/post/tension-anxiety-are-backdrop-ut-regents-meeting <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">As the University of Texas System Board of Regents convenes for its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/meetings/board-meeting-2013-08-21" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">annual August meeting</a>&nbsp;Wednesday and Thursday, a gathering fraught with tension and anxiety is all but assured.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">The nine regents have been bathed in controversy for more than two years, and — despite racking up a number of accomplishments, including the creation of a major new university in South Texas — have only managed to sink deeper over time.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:55:08 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 8515 at http://kut.org Tension, Anxiety Are Backdrop of UT Regents Meeting For Tweeting Candidates Like Abbott, a Campaign Risk http://kut.org/post/tweeting-candidates-abbott-campaign-risk <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">As his followers know, Attorney General&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Greg Abbott</a>, widely considered the frontrunner to be Texas' next governor, manages his own Twitter feed. It's not uncommon for him to use it to thank his supporters.&nbsp;</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">But his appreciation for a supporter's tweet on Sunday night — one that called state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Wendy Davis</a>, D-Fort Worth, an "idiot" and a "Retard Barbie" — has fast become the most controversial moment of Abbott's young gubernatorial bid. And it has highlighted the&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box; ">high-risk, high-reward proposition of letting a candidate handle his or her own social media.</span>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 18:19:01 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 8503 at http://kut.org For Tweeting Candidates Like Abbott, a Campaign Risk Pitts Working to Impeach Controversial UT System Regent http://kut.org/post/pitts-working-impeach-controversial-ut-system-regent <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; ">Update</strong><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; ">&nbsp;</strong>(June 21, 3:26 p.m.):&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.35; ">State Rep.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/jim-pitts/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/jim-pitts/" style="line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Jim Pitts</a><span style="line-height: 1.35; ">, </span>R-Waxahachie<span style="line-height: 1.35; ">, said Friday afternoon that his effort to unseat University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall is still very much alive in the last days of the session, and said he is confident he has the necessary support in the House. Aides to </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.35; ">.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Rick Perry</a><span style="line-height: 1.35; ">&nbsp;have been lobbying members to leave Hall in office, but Pitts said he's got the numbers right now.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><strong style="box-sizing: border-box; ">Original story:&nbsp;</strong><span style="line-height: 1.35; ">The House's chief budget writer and a longstanding critic of the&nbsp;University of Texas System regents is attempting to launch impeachment proceedings against University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall.</span></p><p> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 13:42:48 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune & Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 8192 at http://kut.org Pitts Working to Impeach Controversial UT System Regent Zaffirini Bill Would Clarify Open Records Obligations http://kut.org/post/zaffirini-bill-would-clarify-open-records-obligations <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">State Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/judith-zaffirini/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/judith-zaffirini/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Judith Zaffirini</a>, D-Laredo, filed a bill on Monday to clarify the open records obligations of state agencies, including — some would say specifically — the University of Texas System.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:34:52 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 7283 at http://kut.org Zaffirini Bill Would Clarify Open Records Obligations Lawmakers, Observers React to Tense UT System Meeting http://kut.org/post/lawmakers-observers-react-tense-ut-system-meeting <p>Longtime employees of the University of Texas System said they could not recall a split vote on the board of regents, which has traditionally settled differences behind closed doors and presented a unified front. That changed on Wednesday, catching higher education observers and even some lawmakers off guard.</p><p>The board voted 4-3 — Chairman Gene Powell and another member were absent — in favor of commissioning an external review of the relationship between the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas Law School Foundation, an independently run fundraising organization.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:02:30 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 7038 at http://kut.org Lawmakers, Observers React to Tense UT System Meeting UT System Seeks External Review of Law Foundation http://kut.org/post/ut-system-seeks-external-review-law-foundation <p>One day after a lawmaker accused University of Texas System regents of engaging in a "witch hunt" aimed at University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers, the board voted Wednesday during a tense meeting to seek an external review of the university's relationship with the University of Texas Law School Foundation.</p><p>The arrangement has come under scrutiny since 2011, when Larry Sager, then the dean of the University of Texas School of Law, was asked by Powers to resign. Concerns later surfaced about the foundation's forgivable loan program that some faculty had benefited from, including Sager, who received $500,000.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:40:28 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 7017 at http://kut.org UT System Seeks External Review of Law Foundation Three New University of Texas System Regents Named http://kut.org/post/three-new-university-texas-system-regents-named <p></p><p>Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;announced the appointment of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/02/12/sources-hildebrand-likely-be-named-ut-regent/">Jeff Hildebrand</a>&nbsp;and Ernest Aliseda, along with the re-appointment of Paul Foster of El Paso, to the University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday.</p><p>Hildebrand,&nbsp;of Houston, is chairman and CEO of Hilcorp Energy Company. Aliseda is the managing attorney of Loya Insurance group and a municipal judge for the city of McAllen. Foster, of El Paso, is the executive chairman of Western Refining Company.</p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 21:32:40 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 6695 at http://kut.org Three New University of Texas System Regents Named Legislators Honor Beleaguered UT President Powers http://kut.org/post/legislators-honor-beleaguered-ut-president-powers <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">In the midst of ongoing turbulence between the University of Texas System regents and the leadership of its flagship institution, the Texas Senate and House honored University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers on Monday with resolutions acknowledging his accomplishments and his years of service.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:15:27 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune & Audrey White, Texas Tribune 6645 at http://kut.org Legislators Honor Beleaguered UT President Powers UT System Approves Four-Year Tuition Guarantee Plan http://kut.org/post/ut-system-approves-four-year-tuition-guarantee-plan <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35;">The nine academic campuses in the University of Texas System will soon offer four-year guaranteed tuition plans as an option to their students.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">At a Thursday meeting, the system's board of regents approved a measure requiring campuses to have the option in place.</p><p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 01:24:00 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 6616 at http://kut.org UT System Approves Four-Year Tuition Guarantee Plan