Privatization -- the other side of the deregulation coin -- has long been a favorite watchword among economic conservatives. Indeed, we can go back all the way to 1981, when President Reagan warned us that government was the problem, not the solution. Thirty-plus years on, this rhetoric still has s ... More >>
SAT scores were stagnant for the third straight year, though African-American scores were up slightly. (If it has been awhile since you took the SATs, remember that a perfect score, the old 1600, is now 2400 with 800 points possible on each of the three sections -- reading, math and writing). Native ... More >>
As the college football calendar goes, we are smack dab in the middle of that late spring "soft spot" in the schedule where spring practice is a solid month in the rear-view mirror, the school year is wrapping up and summer school (for most places) is still a few weeks away. If idle hands are the d ... More >>
Teaching fellows looking for raises.
It seems that the Teaching Fellows at the University of Houston may have started something. While those English Dept. Masters and Ph.D. students have begun a sit-in near Chancellor Renu Khator's office to force a discussion about their meager stipends -- the group's annual funds remain below the nat ... More >>
Dining halls in colleges have changed for the better over the last several years. Thankfully, we have said good-bye to mystery meat and slop, and are saying hello to upscale cuisine, various methods of service and eco-friendly options. Over the last four years I have been in school at Baylor Univer ... More >>
Distance learning, until recently, has mostly been relegated to certificates and diplomas from second (or third or fourth) rate schools aimed at getting college degrees into the hands of anyone who could afford the courses. But, with technology -- particularly video -- dramatically altering the way ... More >>
America's for-profit colleges offer education only a con man (or a congressman) could love.
The University of Houston-Downtown has been awarded a $3.2 million federal grant earmarked for first-generation Hispanic students. The university is one of only 19 in the nation (and three in the state) to receive the U.S. Department of Education grant, administered through the the Title V Developi ... More >>
Area school districts and cities had to be breathing a big sigh of relief today as news came out that the executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said "no" to handing out large tax breaks to Valero that would have made things even worse for cash-strapped government ... More >>
Lee West III, a University of Houston junior and Omega Psi Phi pledge, says that during underground pledging meetings for the African-American fraternity (which turns 100 years old next month) in February 2009, he was beaten with a television antenna, a paddle and a broomstick that eventually ... More >>
Help a woman out.....Want to make a woman less depressed? Pump some semen into her. Apparently any orifice will do. Of course, that means having unprotected sex, so the above advice, given in a recent issue of Surgery News, the journal of the American College of Surgeons, is causing some pro ... More >>
Has HISD found somebody new?State Senator Mario Gallegos has a new beef with the Houston school district -- he says HISD is stiffing Houston Community College in favor of Lone Star College. Gallegos wrote to HISD superintendent Terry Grier saying the district's "been extraordinarily indiffer ... More >>
Photo couttesy NDChris Stewart in Haiti, helping with earthquake reliefChris Stewart was a highly recruited lineman coming out of Klein High School; he chose to go to Notre Dame.After a few bumps, he's thriving, and right now he's taking on a challenge no Irish football player has ever tried: Goi ... More >>
Marco Villegas pays tribute to a legendary Japanese printmaker
Photo by SkinnyOrangeCatRice: Getting crowded in hereNote to incoming Rice University undergrads (and their parents) expecting the full "residential college" experience: Be sure to read everything that you get on Rice letterhead.One of the universities' primary selling points is its residential c ... More >>
Photo by Daniel KramerFormer Houston Community College System chancellor Bruce Leslie left his job in 2006 before his term was up, after some stormy times with the system's board.As the Houston Press reported two years prior to that, dissatisfaction with Leslie was rampant. Critics said he suppre ... More >>
After years of fighting everybody and anybody, now the ornery, annoying civil rights activist has to concentrate on fighting for his life.
Texas A&M has released the performance evaluation of its president, Elsa Murano, and things aren't looking so hot for her. Murano's January 2008 hiring was held high by A&M, because she was the youngest president ever and also the first Hispanic and woman to hold that post. But a review of ... More >>
In 2003, tuition to Rice University was $18,850. By 2008, it had risen to $29,960 - an increase of $11,110, or about 59 percent.Does that mean Rice is losing its reputation as the go-to school for an awesome, awesomely priced education? Apparently not.Despite the steep tuition increase, Rice was rec ... More >>
As we close in on rodeo time at the 2009 version of the Texas Legislature, education funding, as usual, will be one of the main topics. And in a dour economy, it's no secret that the degree-of-difficulty factor has just been ramped up a couple extra notches.We caught up with Scott Hochberg (D-Housto ... More >>
They are American in everything but name. They can go to college in Texas and improve themselves. Doesn't matter. At the end of the day, they're just illegal immigrants without social security numbers or futures.
Good paying jobs, no huge loan burdens, exciting course work the new vo-tech attracts more and more hi-tech students
Texas may okay creationism degrees
Just $249 gets you a bachelor's -- or, hell, a master's -- from Belford University, an online diploma mill with local ties
Don't ask how, but the city made a good move
Behind the barricades with the Pro-Life Cougars and their dead-fetus pictures
Shopping spree for your first apartment: $2,500
Spring break in Cabo: $1,000
Avoiding college credit card debt: priceless
Market losses force a temporary hiring ban at the university
Angry UH art students overturn a Sultan's decree
A film-in-progress dissects the relationship between med students and their cadavers
Rice University's slow, systematic makeover of KTRU is just the latest example of a college determined to pattern itself after corporate America
The Lager Rhythms
Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Hobby fights on for better, more diverse education in Texas
A dispute over research fraud has split the faculty at Baylor College of Medicine, and could jeopardize the way universities police scientific misconduct
James Douglas has a plan to return TSU to itsformer glory. But first, he's got to keep the school out of bankruptcy and conservatorship.
Dan Morales' showboating witch-hunt against "bogus" doctors is indeed an "incredible story." Incredibly lame.
Texas A&M's attempt to push an animal research center on a black neighborhood has raised a sour smell in College Station
Funding is down. Faculty is fleeing. And 50 professors are in semi-open revolt. Is the University of Houston on an irrovocable slide toward mediocrity?