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University Endowments and Petrochemical Boom: Wednesday’s Show (April 6, 2016)

Amid rising tuition, some members of Congress want to know how private universities use their massive endowments. The lawmakers recently sent a letter to a number of schools, including Rice, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Christian University, asking for a response. On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask Houston Chronicle higher education reporter […]

Amid rising tuition, some members of Congress want to know how private universities use their massive endowments. The lawmakers recently sent a letter to a number of schools, including Rice, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Christian University, asking for a response.

On this edition of Houston Matters, we ask Houston Chronicle higher education reporter Benjamin Wermund what prompted the request and what lawmakers heard in reply. Then, we discuss the relationship between tuition and university endowments from South Texas College of Law Professor Bruce McGovern. He’s also a vice president and associate dean for academic administration at the school.

Also this hour: While oil and gas exploration may have stalled during a period of low oil prices, the petrochemical industry in Houston is booming, as we learn from Roger Guenther, executive director of the Port of Houston Authority, and Baytown Mayor Stephen DonCarlos.

Plus: Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin reports on Rice University students participating in coral reef restoration exercises.

And: Houston Public Media arts and culture producer Catherine Lu talks with a family of artists about how their work merges in a performance this weekend at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. “L’Dor Vador” (or Hebrew for “from generation to generation”) overlays the poetry of one generation atop staging and choreography from the next two.

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