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Special Ventures editor recalls days at The Texan

December 6, 2013

If you descended the stairwell into The Daily Texan basement during the two years I worked there, you might have found me poring over edits in the news pen with Matt and Sam or whispering numbers with...

Foundation brings in extra revenue to McCombs

April 30, 2013

The McCombs School of Business Foundation has established revenue-generating enterprises to benefit the business school, while also attracting thousands of dollars in private gifts each year. As an...

Foundation to transfer full ownership of Suida-Manning collection to Blanton in 2016

April 29, 2013

Created solely to acquire the $33 million Suida-Manning Art Collection for the Blanton Museum of Art in 1998, the UT Fine Arts Foundation is paying off the remaining balance on the collection and...

Foundation to transfer full ownership of Suida-Manning collection to Blanton in 2016

April 29, 2013

Created solely to acquire the $33 million Suida-Manning Art Collection for the Blanton Museum of Art in 1998, the UT Fine Arts Foundation is paying off the remaining balance on the collection and...

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Changes could be on the horizon for UT fundraising foundations

April 26, 2013

Read the University External Foundations Profiles to learn more about the history and financial figures of each foundation. Recent public battles over lack of oversight in the University...

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UT reaches out to alumni, community for firm fundraising base amid budget concerns

April 26, 2013

After being admitted into the McCombs School of Business, finance senior Brittany Maki received a scholarship endowed by well known alumnus Joe Jamail. Years later, Maki is a student employee at UT’s...

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UT System to make $1 billion in oil, gas revenue this year from production in Permian Basin

April 12, 2013

MIDLAND — For many years, the landscape in West Texas was mostly uniform with dusty lots and artifacts of operating machinery left behind from a previous oil boom in the area. A generation removed...

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UT System to make $1 billion in oil, gas revenue this year from production in Permian Basin

April 12, 2013

MIDLAND — For many years, the landscape in West Texas was mostly uniform with dusty lots and artifacts of operating machinery left behind from a previous oil boom in the area. A generation removed...

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UT System to make $1 billion in oil, gas revenue this year from production in Permian Basin

April 12, 2013

For many years, the landscape in West Texas was mostly uniform with dusty lots and artifacts of operating machinery left behind from a previous oil boom in the area. A generation removed from that boom,...

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After tense meeting, UT Regents cast narrow vote to continue Law School investigation

March 21, 2013

During an uncharacteristically heated meeting Wednesday, the UT System Board of Regents voted to continue an investigation of the UT Law School Foundation’s relationship with the University. In...

Investments link UT System investment company, regent with company that drills on university lands

March 8, 2013

The flow of investments between five companies links an oil and gas production company that drills on university land to the UT System’s investment company and to UT System Regent Alex Cranberg. In...

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SXSWedu panel examines the potential effects of increase in online, interactive college

March 6, 2013

Higher education institutions can graduate more students by shifting the landscape of college classes toward innovative technological learning models, according to a panel of higher education officials...

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SXSWedu launches with discussion on Texas higher education reform

March 5, 2013

State Senate and House educational leaders discussed technological education reform and reformatting college readiness testing during a policy forum on the first day of SXSWedu. SXSWedu is a four-day...

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In examining affordability, amount of graduation debt varies by college

February 8, 2013

With college affordability becoming a more pressing concern among state and higher education leaders, almost a third of UT undergraduates left the 40 Acres with more than $24,000 in debt during the last...

Projected budgets for UT-Austin medical school lend insight on potential salaries

January 24, 2013

Administrators are taking the first steps to get a UT-Austin medical school off the ground with estimates of first-year expenses for hiring and construction. Budget projections for the new medical school,...

After leading University Unions for 27 years, Andy Smith plans to retire

January 15, 2013

More than two years after a controversial recommendation to close down the Cactus Cafe & Bar, University Unions executive director Andy Smith will retire from his position on Aug. 31 after 27 years...

UT System to consolidate UTPA, UT-Brownsville and medical center into major South Texas university

December 7, 2012

The UT System Board of Regents approved the creation of a new university in south Texas with an accompanying medical school that will be made up of UT-Brownsville, UT-Pan American and the Regional Academic...

Students trying to transfer between Texas universities and colleges may be aided soon by statewide course transfer agreements

December 6, 2012

A bill filed for the upcoming legislative session could standardize the process for students transferring between Texas colleges and universities. The bill, filed by state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas,...

UT pushes for students to graduate on time

December 6, 2012

The UT System released a recommendation report on reducing student debt Wednesday night that states students can decrease debt by graduating on time, which could be more easily obtained by incentivizing...

Bill on fixed tuition rates aims to increase affordability of education

December 4, 2012

In an effort to reduce the cost of college degrees in Texas, four-year fixed tuition rates could become a reality at public Texas universities after the upcoming legislative session. A bill filed by Rep....

Outcome-based funding may increase from 10 percent to 25 percent

December 3, 2012

More state funding for UT will be tied to measures of student success if a bill filed for the upcoming legislative session passes. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recommends how much funding...

Regents to review, decide on goals for UT System presidents’ pay-for-performance bonuses at meeting

December 3, 2012

During its upcoming meeting Thursday, the UT System Board of Regents is expected to consider approving recommended goals that the presidents of the System’s nine academic and six health institutions...

Fiscal cliff expected to harm university

November 29, 2012

University officials say UT could feel repercussions from the automatic tax increases and spending cuts set to kick in as part of the fiscal cliff on Jan. 2, 2013. If the U.S. Congress does not act,...

State representative files bill to prohibit human cloning in universities

November 28, 2012

More than 10 years after the Human Cloning Prohibition Act failed to pass at the federal level, state Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, has filed a bill proposing the prohibition of human cloning at institutions...

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Cigarroa brings medical approach to his duties as UT System Chancellor

November 26, 2012

Even in his role overseeing one of the nation’s largest university systems, UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa is first and foremost a physician. Since his appointment as chancellor in 2009,...

Perry and Powers begin to share similar views on higher education, funding, tuition

November 21, 2012

Funding for higher education makes up almost 13 percent of the state’s budget, and going into the 2013 legislative session UT President William Powers Jr. and Gov. Rick Perry are each expected to...

Board of Regents will form advisory task force to re-evaluate UT, UT-affliated foundations

November 16, 2012

The UT System Board of Regents announced an advisory task force on relationships between UT institutions and UT-affiliated foundations in response to a report deeming the procedure of obtaining a forgivable...

UT Center for Students in Recovery hopes to expand program to other schools

November 15, 2012

The University’s Center for Students in Recovery will lead an effort to establish similar centers at the UT System’s eight other universities after the UT System Board of Regents approved $942,000...

UT System Board of Regents approves downtown administrative building

November 15, 2012

The UT System Board of Regents approved $102.4 million for a new administrative building slated for completion in 2016 that will consolidate its current five-building complex in downtown Austin. The new...

UT System report deems Law School Foundation’s loan program inappropriate

November 14, 2012

A report released by the UT System Tuesday determined the interaction between the School of Law and the University’s central administration is insufficient in regards to faculty compensation. Last...

President Powers is nominated for Dallas Morning News’ Texan of the Year

November 14, 2012

UT President William Powers Jr. was nominated for the Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year. Powers said he appreciated the Dallas Morning News’ recognition and plans to stay focused on maintaining...

UT System Board of Regents to vote on future consolidating administration building

November 14, 2012

The UT System Board of Regents will vote Wednesday on a proposed $102,417,000 administration building intended to consolidate offices from its five downtown buildings. The regents will vote on a 16-story...

UT System official set to retire in 2013

November 14, 2012

Kenneth Shine, UT System’s executive vice chancellor for health affairs, announced Monday he plans to retire in 2013. As vice chancellor for health affairs, Shine was charged with developing health-related...

Senators, representatives file bills regarding higher education for new Texas Legislative session

November 13, 2012

Monday marked the first day of filing bills for the 83rd session of the Texas Legislature, and several bills related to higher education have already been filed. A total of 231 bills were filed with...

Faculty donations lean toward Obama

November 12, 2012

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a three-part series examining UT officials’ political donations. This installment examines contributions made by UT faculty members. The College of...

Former UT deans paid more than current deans

November 8, 2012

UT pays former deans who now serve as professors in the School of Social Work and the School of Architecture at higher rates than the schools’ current deans. From data obtained through a public...

Texas House of Higher Education Committee to retain most members, commitment to education reforms

November 7, 2012

The Texas House of Representatives gained seven Democrats, increasing the number of Democratic seats to 55. Republicans will continue to make up the majority of the House with 95 seats. Democrats...

UT Regent Hicks donates $1,000 to PAC supporting Prop 1

November 6, 2012

UT System regent R. Steven Hicks donated $1,000 to Keep Austin Healthy, a political action committee supporting the establishment of a proposed UT-Austin medical school. The Keep Austin Healthy PAC supports...

UT System Board of Regents donate more to Perry than all Democratic candidates combined

November 5, 2012

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series examining UT officials’ political donations. This installment examines contributions by members of the UT System Board of Regents. The...

UT System’s debt accounts for over half of Texas’ total public university debt

November 1, 2012

The UT System’s $7.3 billion worth of outstanding debt accounts for 58 percent of the state’s total public university debt, according to a report released by Susan Combs, Texas comptroller...

Texas Exes scholarship named for Senator Judith Zaffirini

October 31, 2012

The Texas Exes announced a new scholarship named for Sen. Judith Zaffirini, a long-time champion of affordable higher education. The Senator Judith Zaffirini Scholarship was announced Tuesday morning...

Association of American Universities names Powers vice-chair

October 30, 2012

UT President William Powers Jr. was elected vice-chair of the Association of American Universities, a nonprofit organization that advocates on behalf of higher education institutions. Powers will...

UT officials have donated funds to numerous political campaigns and political action committees

October 29, 2012

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series examining UT officials’ political donations. This installment examines contributions by administrators at UT-Austin. Subsequent stories...

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Faculty, staff occupy more than half of UT parking

October 26, 2012

Faculty and staff parking spots account for almost half of on-campus spots, but many employees still struggle to find parking. Parking for UT’s 23,000 employees is scattered throughout campus,...

Parking for UT’s disabled flawed despite meeting state guidelines

October 26, 2012

Last week Jeff Butler, a management information systems senior, arrived 30 minutes late to his database management class. Butler uses a wheelchair and can only take accessible routes through campus, so...

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University administrator reaches out to students through social media

October 24, 2012

In her short time as vice president for student affairs, Gage Paine has taken on a bold goal of meeting all 50,000 UT students and is using Twitter to reach out to students she might not be able to meet...

UT’s self-supporting entities helpful in a time of cuts

October 18, 2012

Although UT has compensated for state appropriation cuts by increasing tuition and implementing internal reductions, the University’s self-supporting entities have increased their budgets in the...

UT System regents approve new online courses to be offered worldwide

October 16, 2012

UT System institutions will join the ranks of major universities that offer massive open online courses to individuals around the world. After a unanimous vote by the UT System Board of Regents, the System...

Gag law keeps B-On-Time Loan funds underused

October 15, 2012

In 2011, UT financial aid administrators were prevented from promoting a state loan program that would forgive up to $7,100 in loan debt per year. The B-On-Time Loan Program may face changes if recommendations...

Supreme Court appears skeptical of UT admissions policy

October 12, 2012

As the Supreme Court examines the University’s race-conscious admissions process in Fisher v. Texas, the future remains uncertain for students who don’t qualify for automatic admission. If...