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UTA In The News — Monday, January 25, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

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Online graduate programs

UTA placed among the leading academic institutions for students who want to pursue a graduate degree in education or nursing online, The Dallas Morning News reported. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA’s Master of Education at 30th among 267 schools surveyed on its 2016 list of Best Online Graduate Education Programs. The Master of Science in Nursing ranked 54th among 149 surveyed among 2016 Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs.

MOOCs and beyond

The University of Texas System and its partner campuses have launched an ambitious and comprehensive initiative to envisage and implement future models of education that reimagine the path to a college credential, an Inside Higher Ed blog reported. Nine of the campuses – UTA, UT Dallas, UT El Paso, UT Health Houston, UT MD Anderson, UT Permian Basin, UT Rio Grande Valley, UT San Antonio, and UT Tyler -- have already established experimental sites that aim to provide new educational options, targeting a range of credentials in the Health Professions, Engineering, Computer Science, Criminal Justice and Business.

Choir accolades

UTA’s A Cappella Choir earned accolades for its weekend performances of Gershwin’s Greatest Hits with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The collegiate singers “dispatched choral duties with polish and pizzazz,” The Dallas Morning News said. A Fort Worth Star-Telegram review said, “A surprising standout was The University of Texas at Arlington a cappella choir, directed by Karen Kenaston-French. They were terrific.”

Maverick Speakers Series

Tickets are available for Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s upcoming appearance for the UTA Maverick Speaker Series on Feb. 2, The Dallas Morning News reported. Paul will discuss “Liberty Defined: The Future of Freedom” and answer audience questions. Afterward, he will sign copies of his books, which will be available for sale.

Student success

Texas High School Education chiefs shared ideas on how to promote student success during an event on urban public education, El Paso Times reported. Grand Prairie Independent School District Superintendent Susan Simpson Hull described a collaboration with UTA in which every Grand Prairie student receives an acceptance letter to UTA at the end of their sophomore year. 

Cartoon and Indian culture

Fifteeneightyfour, the Cambridge University Press blog, published the second of three posts by UTA cultural anthropologist Ritu Khanduri, about the works of R.K. Laxman, cartoons, India and politics. Khanduri is the author of “Caricaturing Culture in India (2014),” which used the history of cartoons to examine Indian political culture and society. She also interviewed Laxman for the book.

Playing with heart

UTA basketball was featured in two leading sports columns over the weekend. Gil Lebreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said that UTA still has heart after losing star player Kevin Hervey to an injury last Thursday, while Rick Gosselin of The Dallas Morning News suggested that the time is now right for Dallas to stage a winter college basketball tournament to bring together SMU, North Texas, TCU and UTA together for a two-night battle for supremacy of D-FW.