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Monday, May 20, 2013

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Spaniolo attributes better graduation rate to University College

Texas colleges are making gradual improvement in four-year graduation rates, The Dallas Morning News reported. Still, only 59 percent of Texas students earn degrees in six years, and about 30 percent finish in four. James Spaniolo, outgoing president of UT Arlington, said increasing the enrollment standard can’t be done unilaterally. “The important thing is to help students finish their degrees,” he said. UT Arlington attributes its recent rise in conferred degrees to the 2010 launch of University College, a tutoring, advising and counseling center.

UT Arlington grad running successful energy company

Today Kelcy Warren sits atop one of the largest pipeline companies in the United States as chief executive of Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP, The Dallas Morning News reported in a feature about the UT Arlington College of Engineering graduate. What started in 1995 as a tiny pipeline company with a handful of workers has evolved into an energy behemoth with 15,000 employees, 70,000 miles of pipeline and 2012 revenue of $15.7 billion — more than double its 2011 revenue.