Higher Education http://kut.org en UT Engineering School Receives $5M from ExxonMobil CEO http://kut.org/post/ut-engineering-school-receives-5m-exxonmobil-ceo <p>Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil, <a href="http://corporate.exxonmobil.com/en/company/about-us/management/rex-w-tillerson" target="_blank">Rex W. Tillerson</a> and his wife, Renda, are donating $5 million to the Cockrell School of Engineering. The money is slated to go toward the <a href="http://www.engr.utexas.edu/eerc" target="_blank">Engineering Education and Research Center</a> which is expected to open in 2017.</p><p>It's a 430,000 square-foot facility that will allow UT Austin to expand its teaching, research and student project space.</p><p>Tillerson&nbsp;graduated from UT Austin in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in&nbsp;civil engineering and serves on the school's Engineering Advisory Board and UT Development Board. &nbsp;His sons, Robert and Michael, are also graduates. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:35:18 +0000 Kate McGee 10214 at http://kut.org UT Engineering School Receives $5M from ExxonMobil CEO Study Finds Texas' HB 5 Could Negatively Affect Minority Students http://kut.org/post/study-finds-texas-hb-5-could-negatively-affect-minority-students <p>While school administrators work to clear the fog surrounding <a href="http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/Search/DocViewer.aspx?ID=83RHB000055B&amp;QueryText=%22hb+5%22&amp;DocType=B">House Bill 5</a>, the state's suite of educational changes, some are saying the bill could hurt the minority students’ chances to go to college.</p><p><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/813863-ut-study-hb-5-and-minority-students.html">A study by UT-Austin’s Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis</a> found that HB 5 might lead school counselors to set minority students on a less rigorous degree plan designed for students who do not want to go to college. UT researchers say this is because school administrators often have low academic expectations for poor black students.</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:11:42 +0000 Jody Serrano 9067 at http://kut.org Study Finds Texas' HB 5 Could Negatively Affect Minority Students Who Benefits From UT's Massive Open Online Courses? http://kut.org/post/who-benefits-uts-massive-open-online-courses <p><em>This is the first of a two-part look at the University of Texas' Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), now halfway through their initial semester. <strong><a href="http://kut.org/post/are-uts-massive-online-courses-making-grade">Read Part One here</a></strong>.</em></p><p>So what it UT getting <a href="http://kut.org/post/ut-system-offers-free-online-courses-college-credit-still-costs-you">for its $5 million investment</a> in edX?&nbsp;</p><p>UT Psychology department chair James Pennebaker describes the money spent on edX as a "great investment." He isn't certain how education will look in the near future – but he said no one has that answer.&nbsp;</p><p>"UT and any serious university has to be revolutionary in its thinking,” Pennebaker says. “We have to look forward to new technologies and teaching strategies.”</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:22:48 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Roy Varney 9022 at http://kut.org Who Benefits From UT's Massive Open Online Courses? Are UT's Massive Online Courses Making the Grade? http://kut.org/post/are-uts-massive-online-courses-making-grade <p><em>This is the first of a two-part look at the University of Texas' Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), now halfway through their initial semester. </em></p><p>The University of Texas’ grand entry into Massive Open Online Courses is underway. The courses, better known as MOOCs, are offered as free ways for the general public to access high quality education.</p><p>By any traditional college metric, UT's MOOCs, offered for the first time this fall, would be performing terribly: The majority of students who signed up have dropped out, there is no way to detect cheating, and the grading systems are automated. But halfway through the semester, education experts view UT's MOOCs as a success – and a necessity for building the future of its education network. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:53:08 +0000 Roy Varney 9006 at http://kut.org Are UT's Massive Online Courses Making the Grade? UT College of Communication Receives $50 Million Donation, New Name http://kut.org/post/ut-college-communication-receives-50-million-donation-new-name <p>The <a href="http://communication.utexas.edu/" target="_blank">College of Communication</a> at the University of Texas at Austin will soon have a new name – the Moody College of Communication.</p><p>The Moody Foundation is donating $50 million to the college, the largest donation in the college’s history.</p><p>The donation will be paid out over 10 years and will fund various initiatives, including a $10 million innovation fund and $13 million for graduate student recruitment and retention.</p><p>Money will also be used to build a sky bridge across Dean Keeton Street to link the Belo Center for New Media and the Jesse H. Jones Communication Center. UT will provide an extra $5 million to improve classroom space and facilities, which includes the sky bridge.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F116415188&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:24:22 +0000 Jody Serrano 8979 at http://kut.org UT College of Communication Receives $50 Million Donation, New Name State School Board Undecided on What Courses Should Count for Graduation (Update) http://kut.org/post/state-school-board-undecided-what-courses-should-count-graduation-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, spoke and answered questions regarding House Bill 5 in front of the State Board of Education today.</p><p>Patrick’s endorsement of the bill, which provides for different paths to high school graduation, was met with skepticism from board member Patricia Hardy. Hardy’s concern revolved around the removal of social studies classes from high school graduation requirements. She argued that turning social studies courses into electives limits a student’s exposure to important information.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 21:59:06 +0000 Jody Serrano & Roy Varney 8723 at http://kut.org State School Board Undecided on What Courses Should Count for Graduation (Update) Odds Stacked Against Four-Year College Graduation http://kut.org/post/odds-stacked-against-four-year-college-graduation <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F107646244" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A new school year starts today for the more than 50,000 students at the University of Texas at Austin.&nbsp;Students at St. Edwards, Huston-Tillotson, Southwestern and Texas State also started classes this week.</p><p>But how many of those students are prepared for college success and on-time graduation? The numbers don’t look so good.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:53:00 +0000 Laura Rice 8548 at http://kut.org Odds Stacked Against Four-Year College Graduation President Unveils Plan To Boost College Affordability http://kut.org/post/president-unveils-plan-boost-college-affordability Saying a college education is the "surest path to the middle class," President Obama announced a <a href="http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Obama-in-upstate-to-layout-new-system-for-rating-4752036.php">plan Thursday to allocate federal aid to colleges and universities</a> based in part on their affordability.<p><a href="http://www.buffalo.edu/home/feature_story/obama-speech.html">Speaking at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York</a>, the president said that over the last 30 years, there's been a 250 percent increase in the cost of higher education, while at the same time Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:45:19 +0000 Scott Neuman 8524 at http://kut.org President Unveils Plan To Boost College Affordability More College Students Rely On Federal Aid, Study Says http://kut.org/post/more-college-students-rely-federal-aid-study-says The percentage of U.S. undergrads who rely on the federal government for financial aid soared above 50 percent in the most recent survey from the National Center for Education Statistics. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 21:41:07 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 8513 at http://kut.org More College Students Rely On Federal Aid, Study Says Program Helps Texas Foster Care Youth Go to College - For Free http://kut.org/post/program-helps-texas-foster-care-youth-go-college-free <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F102551962" width="100%"></iframe>Heading to college is confusing under the best of circumstances. But for many young people aging out of foster care, the challenges can be almost impossible to overcome.</p><p>Some schools in Texas&nbsp;host programs each year aimed at trying to help foster kids make the transition.</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:34:21 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8409 at http://kut.org Program Helps Texas Foster Care Youth Go to College - For Free PolitiFact: How Many Schools Offer $10,000 Degrees? http://kut.org/post/politifact-how-many-schools-offer-10000-degrees <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F95453739&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;color=1ab9ff" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Since 2011, Governor Rick Perry challenged lawmakers to provide “a bold, Texas-style solution” to the challenge of affordable higher education: a $10,000 degree for Texas students.</p><p>In a recent press release challenging Texas schools to initiate the low-cost degree, Perry said that <a href="http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/18529/">13 schools in Texas</a> already offer or are planning to offer such a degree.</p><p>We talked to Gardner Selby of the<em> Austin American-Statesman</em>’s PolitiFact Texas to check the accuracy of the claim. Listen to our conversation using the player above and <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/article/2013/jun/04/rick-perrys-count-10000-college-degrees/">read the fact check online.</a></p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:45:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7991 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: How Many Schools Offer $10,000 Degrees? 83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't http://kut.org/post/83rd-leges-regular-session-what-happened-what-didnt <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; ">It's been a whirlwind of an end to the 83rd Legislature's regular session, and with Monday's announcement of a special session, lawmakers aren't done.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; ">Here's a look at the deals reached and the measures that fell short during the 140 days of the regular session</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-famil Tue, 28 May 2013 15:54:37 +0000 Texas Tribune Staff 7904 at http://kut.org 83rd Lege's Regular Session: What Happened, What Didn't Undocumented UT Grads Call for Permanent Immigration Solution http://kut.org/post/undocumented-ut-grads-call-permanent-immigration-solution <p>A UT student organization held a ceremony today for undocumented students who will graduate with their peers this weekend.</p><p>Last year, undocumented students became eligible to apply for a two year-long work permit that would protect them from deportation through <a href="http://www.dhs.gov/deferred-action-childhood-arrivals">Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals</a>, or&nbsp;DACA. However, the undocumented graduates said the policy protects only the students –not their families – and therefore, it’s not a permanent solution.</p><p> Wed, 15 May 2013 22:15:00 +0000 Ann Choi 7752 at http://kut.org Undocumented UT Grads Call for Permanent Immigration Solution New Targets of College Divestment Movements: Oil, Gas & Coal http://kut.org/post/new-targets-college-divestment-movements-oil-gas-coal <p>College is a time for classes, house parties and questionable dorm food. But as some students at UT and across the country are demonstrating, it’s also a time for activism.</p><p>Journalist and activist <a href="http://www.billmckibben.com/">Bill McKibben</a> and his environmentally-minded group <a href="http://350.org/">350.org</a>&nbsp;are promoting a “<a href="http://math.350.org/">Fossil Free Divestment Movement</a>” to encourage American universities to withdraw their stock holdings from the top 200 coal, oil and gas companies. The group first gained notoriety when it held an <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJMySwznzAk">International Day of Climate Action</a> in 2009.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 20:39:43 +0000 Marissa Barnett 7701 at http://kut.org New Targets of College Divestment Movements: Oil, Gas & Coal UT Police Seek Renewed Public Safety Accreditation http://kut.org/post/ut-police-seek-renewed-public-safety-accreditation <p>The University of Texas Police Department is undergoing a review of its services. Assessors with the <a href="http://www.calea.org/">Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies</a> (CALEA) are examining all UTPD operations to determine whether the department deserves accreditation.</p><p>Accreditation isn't mandatory but is seen as a representation of public safety excellence.</p><p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:14:37 +0000 Austin Feldman 7440 at http://kut.org UT Police Seek Renewed Public Safety Accreditation