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Can Universities Justify Massive Endowments While Raising Tuition?

Posted on · 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. To learn more, we ask Houston Chronicle higher education reporter Benjamin Wermund what prompted […]

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UT Expansion in Houston, and Teaching Tacos: Thursday’s Show (February 11, 2016)

Posted on · According to the University of Texas, which has purchased more than 300 acres in southwest Houston, the University of Houston has declined UT’s invitation to be part of a task force to plan how the land may be used. UH officials aren’t happy about UT’s planned expansion into Houston, which UT characterizes as an opportunity to […]

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The Year in Education, Philip Glass, and The Full Menu: Tuesday’s show (December 22, 2015)

Posted on · From legislative and judicial battles over school funding in Texas, to debate on area college campuses over how to implement the state’s new campus carry law, to oral arguments (again) before the Supreme Court over the use of affirmative action in college admissions, there were a lot of big developments in education here in Houston […]

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What Does the Latest Audit Reveal About Student Fees and UH’s TDECU Stadium?

Posted on · A recent internal audit of the University of Houston’s football stadium found top college administrators ignored an agreement tied to a fee increase that students paid to help fund TDECU Stadium. We talk with Ben Wermund, the Houston Chronicle’s higher education reporter, about the audit.

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Could Tuition Regulation Return to Texas Universities? And Lingering Concerns Over TDECU Stadium Contracts

Posted on · We talk with Benjamin Wermund, Higher Education Reporter from the Houston Chronicle, about a pair of stories in higher ed. First: we discuss Texas lawmakers’ efforts to weigh a tuition deregulation decision made more than a decade ago. Back in 2003, the Texas Legislature had to make some budget cuts. The effect of those cuts was […]

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Sex Offender Management, Higher Ed Issues, and Pet Care: Monday’s show (March 9, 2015)

Posted on · The state agency responsible for supervising, monitoring and providing treatment for the most violent sex offenders in the state is undergoing some sweeping changes. Among the problems faced by the recently revamped Office of Violent Sex Offender Management: a shortage of housing for sex offenders released from prison and a perception that the state’s civil commitment program […]