The Dallas Morning News’ education blog called UT Arlington’s decision to grant early admission to Arlington ISD high schoolers in the top 20 percent of their class “a master stroke.” Editorial writer Bill McKenzie said the new policy would get more students thinking early about college and it will increase the flow of college-educated workers in Arlington and North Texas. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s editorial page also heaped praise on the program, saying: “This is a winning move for the university, the school district and especially the students, some of whom never considered going to college or viewed it as an unattainable goal.”
A quote from an Arlington Sam Houston High School junior who received an early acceptance letter from UT Arlington was featured in The Dallas Morning News’ Sunday Talking Points week in review. Luis Leroy – who said he “didn’t even expect to go to college” – qualifies for admission to UT Arlington if he remains in the top 20 percent of his class under the new Bound For Success program.
High speed rail
KTVT/CBS 11 reported on a UT Arlington feasibility study of high-speed rail in Texas. The study shows that trips between most city pairs that use existing Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) right-of-way can be made in less than two hours. Steve Mattingly, a UT Arlington civil engineer who conducted the case study, evaluated routes between Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston and several others.
Jacky Sylvie, special programs coordinator for the UT Arlington College of Engineering, was profiled in The Dallas Morning News. The story focused on her background and artistic endeavor – a line of jewelry made from vinyl records called Hi-Fi Jewelry.
Turning Tarrant blue
Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram column on the lack of viable Democratic candidates in Tarrant County. “Tarrant County is the last holdout in Texas for urban Republicans, and that’s not going to change in 2014,” Saxe said.
UTA and its MOOC2Degree
The website Hack Education mentioned UT Arlington’s involvement in the MOOC2Degree in a roundup of the year’s news involving MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses. MOOC2Degree is a program run by Dallas-based Academic Partnerships to enable MOOC users to earn college credit.
Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition
Today through Dec. 14, The Gallery at UTA will feature a Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition, a showcase for recent work created by the graduating UT Arlington seniors from the department of art and art history, according to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The show includes the work of 40 students demonstrating a wide variety of skills.
The Bryant-College Station Eagle featured a story about archival research at the National Archives at Fort Worth, the government’s second largest repository of records from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, which included a quote from Donna Akers, an associate professor at UT Arlington. The story originally appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Tier One universities
UT Arlington was mentioned as one of the state’s seven emerging Tier One universities in a San Antonio Express-News story that touted the correlation between university research and jobs. The newspaper said the San Antonio region must continue supporting UT San Antonio’s research efforts.