Rejecting a request to raise tuition over the next two years, University
of Texas System regents instead froze rates Thursday for most students
at the flagship Austin campus and decided to give the school a
short-term boost of cash from its multibillion-dollar endowment fund,
the Associated Press reported. The vote comes at a time when the state’s
colleges and universities are under political pressure — led by Gov.
Perry — to reduce costs and simultaneously improve graduation rates.
Each of the system’s nine campuses asked for some sort of rate increase.
The exception was The University of Texas at Arlington, which did not
ask for a rate increase in 2012, but was authorized to raise rates in
2013 if needed. The AP story was carried by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and YourHoustonNews.com.
UT System regents approve requests to raise tuition
The Texas Tribune
reported that in-state tuition for University of Texas at Austin
undergraduates will hold steady for the next two years, but nonresidents
and graduate students will pay more in tuition. Most students in the
University of Texas System will also pay more for school in the next two
years after UT System regents approved all requests, except UT
Austin's, to raise tuition. Most students in the UT System will see
their tuition raised 2 percent to 4 percent in each of the next two
years. Only UT Arlington did not request an increase for next year.
Students receive national media attention
ABC’s Good Morning America invited glass art students from the UT
Arlington Department of Art and Art History to appear in a segment
Friday morning with renowned Seattle glass artist Dale Chihuly. His work
will be featured in a new exhibit at the Dallas Arboretum from May 5 to
Nov. 5. David Keens, professor and founder of the University’s glass
art program, said the students were instrumental in assisting the
installation of the glass pieces throughout the Arboretum. A link is
Open Letter to Higher Ed Scholars
Inside Higher Ed
posted an essay by Rhonda McClellan, associate professor of educational
leadership at UT Arlington and Joshua Powers, professor of higher
education leadership at Indiana State University, which suggested how
scholars in higher education can be more relevant at a time when U.S.
higher education is under attack by policy makers, the media and
pundits. In “Open Letter to Higher Ed Scholars,” the authors wrote:
Let’s be real; few of us have ever been in the shoes of a senior college
administrator or legislator. We need to understand those worlds better
if we are to be more effective in studying their challenges and
offering implementable solutions. McClellan and Powers are co-editors of
the ASHE-CAHEP Learning Brief Initiative.
Conference expansion plans
The Dallas Morning News
reported that the University of North Texas will make its move
to Conference USA official Friday. The school, which has played in the
Sun Belt since 2000, will have a 3:30 p.m. news conference to address
the future of its athletic program. The Sun Belt responded to the
impending loss of UNT and Florida International University by adding
Texas State to its lineup Wednesday. Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson
acknowledged after the league added Texas State that it has had talks
with UT Arlington and was not finished with its expansion plans.
Old video comes under new scrutiny
quoted Richard Greene, former Arlington mayor and adjunct professor in
UT Arlington’s School of Urban and Public Affairs, in a story about a
2010 video released last week that shows a senior Environmental
Protection Agency official pledging to “crucify” lawbreaking oil and gas
companies. The video spread like wildfire, leading the Drudge Report
and getting airplay on Fox News. The EPA official, Al Armendariz,
resigned within five days. To Texas Republicans, the tape was old news.
In fact, they tried to get the video to go viral two years ago. Rep. Joe
Barton, R-Texas, “showed it around and complained about it, but [got]
no response,” Greene said. “I actually saw that video within a few days
of when that took place, … and I recall responding at the time: ‘Oh my
goodness — this could threaten Al’s job. He’s not making people at
headquarters or in the White House very happy with this kind of language
and conduct,’” added Greene.
Video games and violence
Mike Ward, associate professor of economics at UT Arlington, will appear Monday, May 7, on the national ABC radio program, Counterpoint, to discuss video games and violence. Ward’s 2010 research into video games and adolescent fighting was published in the Journal of Law and Economics, and has been cited in numerous news reports.
For 16 years, Pete Carlon ran a UT Arlington athletic department that created a winning tradition at the university, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
reported. Carlon's program earned 48 Southland Conference championships
-- at least one in every sport -- during his time as athletic director.
On May 22, he'll be enshrined into the Southland Conference Hall of
Honor during a ceremony at the San Luis Resort and Convention Center in
B3 Solutions LLC, which provides information technology and program
management services to the federal government, announced that it has
appointed Edward Marshall director of its homeland security sector, Reuters reported. Marshall earned an MBA from UT Arlington.
Campus bike thefts
KTVT/CBS 11 reported on an increase in bike thefts at area campuses including TCU and UT Arlington.
Students suffer minor injuries in mishap
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram blog, Crime Time,
reported that a student suffered minor injuries in an accident Thursday
evening in the Chemistry and Physics Building at The University of
Texas at Arlington. The student was capping a bottle of nitric acid and
the bottle broke. The student was treated at the scene.