UC Submits Legal Brief on Affirmative Action to US Supreme Court

There is currently a challenge to the University of Texas' affirmative action plan before the U.S. Supreme Court. Various interested parties have submitted friend-of-the-court briefs in support of the U of Texas program. Inside Higher Ed today carries a lengthy article on the case.California voters enacted Prop 209 in 1996 which barred affirmative action in … Continue reading UC Submits Legal Brief on Affirmative Action to US Supreme Court

Oops! U of Texas Faculty Productivity Not So Bad After All

Inside Higher Ed reports that the U of Texas-Austin – in response to a critical report sponsored by Gov. Perry on faculty productivity – produced its own report. Excerpt from the Inside Higher Ed article: Measuring all instructors by the tuition revenue they bring in (on a per-credit analysis) and the outside research support they … Continue reading Oops! U of Texas Faculty Productivity Not So Bad After All

U of Texas: Things to Come at UC?

Inside Higher Ed continues its coverage of ongoing political issues facing the U of Texas. Could similar developments be coming in UC's future?Wrong Kind of Accountability?(excerpts) May 10, 2011, Inside Higher Ed, Dan BerrettFaculty and administrators at public universities in Texas said Monday they don’t want to shrink from efforts to make public higher education … Continue reading U of Texas: Things to Come at UC?

Texas A&M Alumni Complain About Political Interference

Inside Higher Ed pointed to the development reported below in the Houston Chronicle on the attempt by Texas Gov. Perry (right) and a management consultant to impose a faculty evaluation system at the U of Texas and Texas A&M. Prior posts on this blog have pointed to the issue:Signaling the spread of a roiling controversy, … Continue reading Texas A&M Alumni Complain About Political Interference

Messing with the (U of) Texas

Inside Higher Ed today points to a story on efforts by Texas Governor Rick Perry to micro-manage the U of Texas. Summary at http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/04/18/qt#257247 Perry emails tell a different story: Regents were pressed to adopt list of higher ed 'reforms' (excerpt) Patricia Kilday Hart, April 17, 2011, Houston Chronicle Contrary to his public statements distancing … Continue reading Messing with the (U of) Texas

What $200,000 a year buys at the U of Texas

Inside Higher Ed points today to a story in an Austin, Texas paper. The story speaks for itself.UT regents' special adviser losing his job: Rick O'Donnell's criticism of academic research didn't sit well with lawmakers, others. Austin American-Statesman, 3/24/11, Ralph K.M. Haurwitz A special adviser with controversial views on research, teaching and other matters was … Continue reading What $200,000 a year buys at the U of Texas

The Affirmative Action Controversy: Evidence of Strategic Behavior in Texas University Admissions

Under Prop 209, affirmative action in public university admissions is banned in California. As many will know, Prop 209 evolved out of a UC Regents action in the 1990s. (Subsequently, after Prop 209 passed, the Regents dropped their regulation. But the change had no effect since Prop 209 remained in effect.)Over the years, various approaches … Continue reading The Affirmative Action Controversy: Evidence of Strategic Behavior in Texas University Admissions

U of Texas Has a UCOF-Like Committee: Endorses Online Ed

Report: Shift colleges' focus Committee suggests better use of online classes and 'no-frills' education By MELISSA LUDWIGSAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWSAn advisory committee tasked with making Texas higher education more efficient recommended Thursday that the state make better use of online courses and "no-frills" education and tie state funds to course completion rather than enrollment.Other suggestions included … Continue reading U of Texas Has a UCOF-Like Committee: Endorses Online Ed