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The UT System Board of Regents makes tuition increase decisions

May 4, 2012

In an unprecedented decision, the UT System Board of Regents declined part of the University’s recommendation to increase tuition at a meeting Thursday, but did not do so for any other UT System...

University’s racial history traces back generations

May 4, 2012

Editor’s note: This story is the eighth in a series exploring race, racism and diversty on the UT campus. The following stories are meant to be historical snapshots of the University of Texas at...

Regents discuss curricula, real estate

May 3, 2012

UT System Board of Regents met Wednesday to discuss developments in new curriculum programs along with local real estate deals and the future of MyEdu. The meeting was one of about six regular meetings...

Meeting expected to decide two year tuition rate

May 1, 2012

The UT System Board of Regents is expected to decide tuition rates for the next two academic years at its meeting Thursday. This is the latest that the regents have set tuition rates for the 15 UT System...

UT reaches million-dollar deal for Players’ land

April 30, 2012

The University reached a multi-million dollar deal with Players restaurant to purchase its land near the UT AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Eventually the University may construct a...

Student Regent Purgason sits down with Daily Texan

April 27, 2012

The newly appointed UT System Student Regent hopes to improve communication for students between campuses and the UT System Board of Regents. During her college career, she has spent a total of nine years...

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Memorial held for long-time University benefactor

April 23, 2012

Alumnus Howard Terry, whose foundation has donated millions of dollars worth of University scholarships, died Friday. A group of scholarship recipients gathered at the stadium Sunday to pay tribute to...

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12 hours with Bill Powers

April 16, 2012

From meeting with big Texas characters to enjoying delicate appetizers, President William Powers Jr. worked from sunrise to sunset Friday, and The Daily Texan went along for the ride. Meetings, speeches...

Board of Regents’ upcoming meeting delays setting tuition rates

April 12, 2012

The UT System Board of Regents will not set tuition rates for the next two academic years at Thursday’s special called meeting, contrary to the expectations of University administrators. If the...

Committee to review University efficiency

April 10, 2012

President William Powers Jr. formed a committee this week consisting of 13 business leaders to analyze the University’s efficiency and make cost-cutting recommendations. Three subcommittees will...

UT’s law school ranking drops two positions

April 6, 2012

The UT law school dropped back out of the prestigious top 14 law schools compiled by the U.S. News & World Rankings, but officials say the drop is not a result of controversial administrative decisions...

Report critiques B-On-Time loan, offers recommendations for promotion

April 4, 2012

The Texas B-On-Time Loan program is facing criticism and recommendations for possible changes that could make it more widely available depending on the program’s funding. The Sunset Advisory Commission’s...

UT System Board of Regents’ donations cause worry

March 28, 2012

The UT System Board of Regents’ personal donations to the Texans for Rick Perry campaign totaled more than $1.9 million from 2000 to Jan. 1, according to a Daily Texan analysis of financial reports...

Finalists for VP of Student Affairs office announced

March 22, 2012

The search committee for the new vice president for Student Affairs has chosen four finalists out of 77 applicants to visit campus in April. The position became available when vice president for Student...

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Clark Field reserved for lacrosse team practice following renovations

March 21, 2012

The newly renovated Clark Field is now reserved for about 10 hours per week for the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, leaving students unable to use the field during team practice. Renovations...

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Secretary of Education praises Austin Community College, addresses concerns

March 9, 2012

The U.S. Secretary of Education praised Austin Community College when he spoke to ACC students and faculty on Thursday. Students asked U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan questions about affordability...

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Army Under Secretary visits UT campus, tours research facilities

March 9, 2012

The second highest serving U.S. Army adviser visited the University to speak with faculty Thursday about brain and energy research that could help the Army. U.S. Army Under Secretary Joseph Westphal’s...

Groups debate quality, profit in universities

March 6, 2012

Cost. Affordability. Four-year graduation rates. These buzzwords continue to fly around in the state higher education debate. One group is looking to turn focus to another buzzword ­— excellence. The...

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Texans gather to celebrate Texas Independence Day

March 5, 2012

From readings of Alamo letters to dancing by a folklorico troupe, families celebrated Texas Independence this weekend at the state Capitol and other locations around the state. The non-profit corporation...

Board of Regents to vote on proposed tuition increase at next meeting

March 2, 2012

The Office of Student Financial Services must use current tuition rates to determine financial aid because the Board of Regents has yet to set a date for its 2012-2014 tuition setting meeting. That means...

Dismissal procedure sheds light on recent UT resignations

February 29, 2012

The University's forced resignation of two former administrators falls under University employment rules that give the president the power to hire and fire. However, a vice president took the dismissal...

Safety report exposes concerns about UT Southwestern teaching hospital

February 24, 2012

Numerous safety issues plague the teaching hospital for UT Southwestern Medical Center, according to a recent safety report. Parkland Hospital serves as a workplace for UT Southwestern faculty and as...

U.S. Supreme Court to hear case on UT admission policies

February 22, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear a case involving the University’s use of race in undergraduate admissions decisions. The case, Fisher v. Texas, was filed against UT when two white...

Endowments help decrease UT’s financial burdens

February 20, 2012

Pressure has mounted on faculty in the semesters following the last Texas legislative session, but endowments can ease the increasing financial burdens that may otherwise push faculty away from the University. Endowments...

Plan to increase UT graduation rates realeased

February 16, 2012

The incoming freshman class has not yet received their acceptance letters, but the University already has a mighty goal for them: to increase four-year graduation rates by about 20 percent. The current...

Board of Regents impose controversial post-tenure review process

February 10, 2012

The UT System Board of Regents voted to alter the post-tenure review process for faculty members, despite strong opposition from some faculty. The Regents approved the provisions at their Thursday meeting,...

UT Regents approve renovation project for Jester West

February 10, 2012

Renovations are set to begin on Jester West Residence Hall in 2013 after the UT System Board of Regents approved the $36 million project at the Regents meeting on Thursday. The plan is to renovate two...

University in negotiations to purchase Players land

February 9, 2012

The University is in negotiations with Players Restaurant to purchase its land near the UT AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. The UT System Board of Regents approved the University to...

Tuition discussions stay closed to committee members despite requests to open them

February 6, 2012

The UT System Board of Regents are not set to discuss making Tuition Policy Advisory Committee meetings open to the public as requested by the Young Conservatives of Texas. TPAC is a nine-member committee...

To solve a problem, some task forces are just reactionary

February 2, 2012

Whenever a controversial issue “hits the fan,” it can seem like UT administrators form a task force to confront the issue head on. But faculty members sometimes wonder if these groups improve...

Student debt incites debate

January 30, 2012

President Barack Obama proposed incentive-based federal aid in which more affordable colleges receive more aid. UT President William Powers Jr. said the plan is sound, but kinks need to be worked out to...

Mack Brown receives contract extension

January 27, 2012

After two bumpy years on the field, UT head football coach Mack Brown will remain at the University until at least 2020 after a contract extension approved Thursday. The UT System Board of Regents unanimously...

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Diversity remains issue despite efforts

January 27, 2012

UT President William Powers, Jr. vowed to make University diversity a priority and work to make the student body better reflect the state population. However, from 2010 to 2011, enrollment of Hispanic...

Conservative group promotes open tuition meetings

January 25, 2012

The Young Conservatives of Texas called for the UT System Board of Regents to redo the current tuition-setting process at the University and ensure the Tuition Policy Advisory Committee will hold open...

Students dismayed over camping ban on campus

January 24, 2012

Students and faculty criticized University administration for a new rule restricting camping on campus and questioned the motivation at a time when camping is a prime symbol of the Occupy movement at a...

Student Government hopes to increase graduate representation

January 23, 2012

 The Student Government president expects to start appointing representatives this week to fill four available graduate student seats in an organization lacking in graduate student members. The student...

Conflict of interest causes UT chief commercialization officer’s resignation

January 18, 2012

The University’s chief commercialization officer resigned after he followed University advice to avoid conflict of interest when licensing UT technology. His resignation left an empty role in the...

Powers talks tuition in Q&A

January 17, 2012

The Daily Texan sat down with President William Powers Jr. to discuss the tuition-setting process and his recommendations to increase tuition for the 2012-2014 school year. The UT System regents have the...

Powers recommends maximum tuition increase

January 17, 2012

President William Powers, Jr. asked the UT System Board of Regents for the largest tuition increase the UT System will allow over the next two academic years. The regents will meet in February or March...

Powers recommending rise in tuition

December 16, 2011

President William Powers, Jr. asked the UT System Board of Regents on Thursday for the largest tuition increase the UT System will allow during the next two academic years. Students could pay hundreds...

Miscalculation means less financial aid for students

December 7, 2011

Hundreds of UT undergraduate students did not receive need-based financial aid this fall because of a $3.2 million miscalculation by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, said Tom Melecki, director...

Powers to consider students’ opinion on tuition increases

December 1, 2011

[Updated at 3:02 p.m: Corrected name of student in caption] Several students demanded President William Powers Jr. explain possible tuition increases. Powers said, “I’ll take the input that...

UT partners with MyEdu despite familial connection

November 29, 2011

UT System officials were aware of a familial connection between a MyEdu Corp. executive and a former chancellor, according to emails obtained by The Daily Texan through the Texas Public Information Act. The...

Committee sends tuition recommendations to Powers

November 28, 2011

President William Powers Jr. will receive recommendations today to ask the UT System Board of Regents for the largest tuition increase the regents will allow during the next two academic years. If the...

UT System invests $200 million in oil, gas

November 22, 2011

The investment firm for the UT System committed $200 million to Post Oak Energy Capital, a company that invests in the North American oil and gas industry. Last week, The University of Texas Investment...

Powers: UT System administration should give clearer academic goals to UT campuses

November 21, 2011

A state senator said the UT System chancellor did not defend UT-Austin during last spring’s higher education controversy in which faculty productivity came under fire. President William Powers Jr....

Students concerned over possible tuition increase

November 17, 2011

Students have voiced concerns about possible tuition increases which are intended to improve four-year graduation rates and worry that those goals favor timely graduation rates over quality education. About...

Students may face largest tuition jump

November 16, 2011

Students may face higher tuition for 2012-2014 as the Tuition Policy Advisory Committee considers increases. The committee is considering recommending the largest tuition increases that the board will...

UT professor authors study examining staff efficiency

November 14, 2011

On average, University faculty members generate more money than they make with their research and teaching, according to a UT professor who authored a study on faculty instructional and grant-based productivity. The...

State looks to eliminate excess university reports

November 8, 2011

In partial response to the decrease in state funding, the University is now clarifying and cutting operational reports to government agencies that were previously excessive and confusing, said Mary Knight,...