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Programs Help First-Generation College Students Succeed

Posted on · Almost one third of all U.S. undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend college. They’re called first-generation students, and they face a lot of challenges to reach college. Then, once they get on campus, they’re more likely to leave higher education. At the University of St. Thomas, there’s a group to support first-generation students. […]

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The State of Houston’s Health: Tuesday’s Show (April 14, 2015)

Posted on · On this edition of Houston Matters, we continue our week-long series exploring “The State of Houston” with a conversation about Greater Houston’s health and healthcare. We talk with News 88.7 Health and Science Reporter Carrie Feibel. Then: Houston’s climate is so moderate that there are a number of growing seasons. So what should we — and what shouldn’t […]

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Rice President David Leebron Discusses the State of the University

Posted on · David Leebron has been President of Rice University, since 2004. (He’s just the seventh person to hold the post). Under his watch, Rice has seen significant increases in undergraduate enrollment, the launch of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, new residential colleges, new buildings on campus, and visits from important figures ranging from former President Bill Clinton to the Dalai Lama. Today, […]

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Rice President and Grit: Tuesday’s Show (March 17, 2015)

Posted on · David Leebron has been President of Rice University, since 2004. (He’s just the seventh person to hold the post). Under his watch, Rice has seen significant increases in undergraduate enrollment, the launch of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research, new residential colleges, new buildings on campus, and visits from important figures ranging from former President Bill Clinton to the Dalai Lama. On […]

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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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Should University Funding Be Tied to Performance Criteria?

Posted on · A new proposal from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board would tie part of funding for the state’s four-year universities to certain performance criteria, such as graduation rates. The incentives would only be a small portion of each institution’s overall state funding, and it would be similar to a model already used by Texas technical […]

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First Generation Student: ‘We Carry A Different Weight On Our Shoulders’

Posted on · Almost one third of all U.S. undergraduate students are the first in their family to attend college. They're called first generation students. They face a lot of challenges to reach college. And once they get on campus, they're more likely to leave higher education. At the University of St. Thomas, there’s group to support first generation students through college. Carina Tlapanco and Carlos Garcia are both member and are sophomores at UST. They talk about what it’s like to be “first gen.”

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A Different College Experience: No Semesters – All Online

Posted on · This weekend, nearly 900 students graduated from Western Governors University – Texas at a ceremony in Houston. WGU is geared toward non-traditional students – the average age of their students is 39. The online university offers an approach called competency-based education, where the focus is on what a student learns and not on fulfilling a […]

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Retiring Lone Star College Chancellor Discusses the Challenges Community Colleges Face

Posted on · Lone Star College‘s retiring chancellor, Dr. Richard Carpenter, joins Houston Matters to discuss his career in higher education and the challenges community colleges face. Dr. Carpenter became the youngest college president in the country when, at age 29, he became president of Somerset Community College in Kentucky. Since then his career in education took him to Minnesota, California, Alabama, […]

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How to Pay for College in Texas

Posted on · Tuition, room and board, supplies – the cost of attending college adds up quickly. In a recent survey, The College Board placed the average cost of attending a public in-state university this past academic year at a little over $18,000. The cost of attending a private college averaged nearly $41,000. A lot of families can’t afford […]