Yesterday's ruling by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholding race as a criterion for admissions to the University of Texas at Austin comes on the heels of another big UT-Austin story -- the alleged role of under-the-table political influence in admissions at UT and th ... More >>
Every year, thousands of Texas high school graduates continue their educations at community colleges, but only a fraction --16.2 percent according to a recent study -- will ever go on to complete a four-year degree. A number of factors contribute to such an abysmal college completion rate, most of ... More >>
State Representative Bill Zedler's legislative career can be summed up as a quixotic attempt to foist his puritanical worldview onto the state's 26 million residents. Backdoor abortion bans, stripper licensing, Sharia law bans, making life unnecessarily difficult for gay college kids. Whatever your ... More >>
In the predawn hours on Saturday, January 26, University of North Texas student Dustin Starks, 20, fell from the balcony of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house. He survived, but just barely. Nearly two weeks later, he remains at Parkland Hospital in serious condition. In the wake of the accident, ... More >>
With the recent recession came a corresponding boom at two-year colleges as students sought to gain marketable job skills without shelling out big bucks to attend costlier four-year institutions. That boom is now over, and the numbers in Texas are bearing that out. Between fall 2011 and fall 2012, ... More >>
All you ambitious students out there, please take time to understand what Governor Rick Perry is really doing to you when he says he wants to help you graduate from college. It's the opposite. See also: - Rick Perry's Manufactured Miracle What Perry really wants to do is the same old thing he has ... More >>
SMU is not known as a party school, at least according to the party-school power rankers. But this is still college, where people have a tendency to gather in large groups and drink, and the school does have a robust Greek scene, so there are parties at SMU, and they can get pretty big. But only to ... More >>
See also: Ten songs to accompany very specific dorm-room scenarios The first weekend of the SMU school year is here, which means some of our local co-eds, the ones blessed with those elusive hosting genes, will spend today pestering of-age classmates for booze, hiding their valuables and vacuuming ... More >>
Two years ago, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched Completion by Design, a $35 million program aimed at dramatically increasing the graduation rates of community college students. The money was parceled out to nine target states, Texas among them. The Texas group was spearheaded by the Lon ... More >>
You know Gail Spurlock for finally revealing to the world that the Pilgrims were not only a persecuted religious minority who established a beachhead of European settlement in North America but were, more importantly, communists. It's why they died. This wouldn't have been terribly newsworthy were S ... More >>
So Teresa Sullivan, the president who didn't cut costs at the University of Virginia, got her job back anyway. Meanwhile making the rounds of newspaper op-ed pages is an essay by Jeff Selingo, editorial director of The Chronicle of Higher Education, saying the way to get college costs down is more ... More >>
It wasn't without some pride that I saw last week that my alma mater, the University of Texas at Dallas, had earned what may be its first superlative. (Okay, maybe its second, but the most-hideous-architecture label was unofficial). The Texas Tribune has helpfully compiled a list of average tuition ... More >>
Pledge took beating, not oath, to become Omega Psi Phi.
Do you believe in the mean green? When that green's stacked in $20 million, sure.Don't tell the bossman, but the University of North Texas done found someone to pony up puh-lenty for the naming rights to the new football stadium. Per a press release just sent out, Apogee will spend $20 million ov ... More >>
A $10k bachelor's: Do you get fries with that?
Via ThreadlessDon't get defensive. That's just what Dr. John W. Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, says in the seventh-annual report America's Most Literate Cities 2010 released today. Yet again, when ranking the 75 top-population cities in the U.S., Miller looked at six " ... More >>
Kimberly ThorpePaul Quinn College President Michael SorrellTurns out, Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell was available to talk to us today, following the news that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools refused to reinstate the the 137-year-old institution's accreditation. Not ... More >>
Kimberly ThorpePaul Quinn College president Michael SorrellMore questions than answers remain about the future of Paul Quinn College a week after its president announced the institution's loss of accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Michael Sorrell last Friday explain ... More >>
Megan FeldmanDallas Mayor Tom Leppert, DISD trustee Edwin Flores and superintendent Michael Hinojosa at SMU's Hispanic Youth Symposium kick-off yesterdayA cluster of local educators and politicos -- among them Mayor Tom Leppert, Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa, SM ... More >>
The Inwood warms up Fight Club
Item No. 3 on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Committee on Academic Excellence and Research's agenda today reads as follows: "Public Hearing on the Institute for Creation Research, Dallas," simple as that. Of course, Friend of Unfair Park know there's nothing simple about today's heari ... More >>
Commissioner of Higher Education Raymund Paredes is "not a scientist." A week ago today we broke the news that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Committee on Academic Excellence and Research in Austin was considering the Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research's request to grant mas ... More >>
Search for clues at the Modern
Three weeks back we mentioned how the parents of Jacob Stiles, an SMU student found dead of an overdose at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house in December, were furious with school officials. The Stiles said then, as they do now, that the university's done nothing to find out who provided Jacob ... More >>
Tuesday, June 5, at the Palladium Loft
Last week, almost 50 local high school and college students piled into a bus and headed out of town. This was no spring break beach vacation or field trip, though: The goals were purely political. The teenagers went to Austin to oppose proposals to repeal a law that allows qualified undocumented imm ... More >>
Barney takes the stage
I always thought Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders spent the off-season finishing their master's degrees, smashing atoms or trying to solve the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture. Not so much. Turns out they cheer. --Robert Wilonsky
Get down with a pachuco at the LCC
Salvador Dalí hits the mall
North Texas is a fertile hunting ground for OU recruiters
Plus: Dialing for Dollars
Black mold, broken toilets and leaking ceilings can make life miserable at UTD's Waterview Park. Then there's the crime.
To get into the right college, sometimes you have to be better than perfect
SMU kids learn about life outside The Bubble
The da Vinci School
Itinerant minister Charles Wilkerson promised to restore two ailing Christian schools to financial health. So why did the patients take a turn for the worse?
SMU's Meadows School of the Arts makes a tentative mark on the world
Ryan Amacher says he's leading the University of Texas at Arlington into a glorious future. But his critics fear his passion for pomp and party will run it into the ground.