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From the 1880s to the early 1960a, the African American Freedmen's Community called Little Egypt was in this neighbodhood, at the corner of Thurgood and Shoreview in Dallas' Lake Highlands. It spread across 35 acres.
Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Texas is dotted with Freedmen’s communities — African American neighborhoods that sprouted after the Civil War in the era of segregation. They range from Ellis Alley in San Antonio to the Fourth Ward in Houston to Deep Ellum in Dallas. Another one in Dallas that's been nearly forgotten, Little Egypt, is getting a renewed look thanks to Richland College.

Raymund Paredes has served as the state's higher education commissioner since 2004.
Marjorie Kamys Cotera for The Texas Tribune

 

Students in several rural school districts in Northeast Texas are getting access to college-level courses through a program called Pride Prep.
Stella M. Chavez / KERA News

About 10 percent of students enrolled in college courses in Texas are still in high school. They're taking dual credit classes – that's where they get high school and college credit. These dual credit classes are growing in popularity, but in rural areas, access to college can be a struggle.

Courtesy of the University of North Texas

There’s an ongoing shortage of doctors in Texas overall, especially in rural areas. UNT’s College of Science has created a fast track program to help fill the void.

From Texas Standard:

The college football season ends Monday night with the championship game between Alabama and Clemson. At stake are bragging rights and records, but also a lot of money and a coaching legacy.

On a bulletin board at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, a flier advertised a storytelling event for first-generation students to share their experience in their own words.


Wait, you mean adding a couple of descriptive words to a particular situation, puzzle or problem can help lead to clarity and a solution? In this episode of KUT's podcast "Higher Ed," Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger and KUT's Jennifer Stayton discuss this thought-provoking practice.

Updated Jan.5.

To be considered a Hispanic Serving Institution, 25 percent of a college’s population must be Hispanic. Right now, there are 492 HSIs in the U.S., but David Ortiz with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities says that will change soon.


A for-profit higher education company will no longer collect nearly a half-billion dollars in student debt, now that the firm has reached settlements with 48 states and the District of Columbia.

A 16-year-old is scheduled to graduate from high school in Kansas and Harvard University within the span of two weeks.

Braxton Moral, a senior at Ulysses High School, plans to attend the school's commencement May 19, then the university's ceremonies later in the month, reported The Hutchinson News.

"I'm not any different; I just do a little thing on the side," he told NPR. "I try to play it down at high school because if I talk about it, it becomes a divide."

The University of Texas System's building in Austin on Feb. 7, 2018.
Shelby Knowles for The Texas Tribune

Bolstered by booming oil prices, the University of Texas' endowment hit $31 billion in value this summer, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News — making UT's endowment second only to Harvard University's in size among the country's institutions of higher education.

Anthony Cave / KERA News

Janet Fein is not your typical college graduate.

For one, her eight grandkids are college-aged. She's raised five children of her own. And, she went back to get her bachelor's degree after retiring as a secretary at 78 years old.

In this Dec. 10, 2018 photo, Janet Fein, 84, poses for a photo in Richardson, Texas. Fein completed her bachelor's degree and will graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas with the winter undergraduate class.
Associated Press

After raising five kids and retiring at age 77 from her secretarial job, Janet Fein couldn't be blamed for finally relaxing, but that's not her.

Noel Jett, left, with her mother, Nancy Shastid
Noel Jett, left, with her mother, Nancy Shastid / KERA News

The youngest known doctoral student to graduate from University of North Texas in Denton gets her diploma Friday. Noel Jett, 19, has lived on the UNT campus the last three years studying educational psychology.

Two students share a laptop in the atrium of the chemistry building at the University of Michigan. One, Cameron Russell, is white, a freshman from a rice-growing parish in Louisiana; the other, Elijah Taylor, is black, a senior and a native of Detroit.

They are different, yes, but there is much that unites them.

Baylor University president Ken Starr, center, applauds as he joins the student section during an NCAA college basketball game between the Baylor women against Iowa State Saturday, March 3, 2012, in Waco, Texas.
Associated Press

Presidents of America's private colleges and universities saw their pay increase by nearly 4 percent in 2016, with dozens receiving more than $1 million, according to a new report. Topping the list was Ken Starr, the former president of Baylor University. Victor Boschini of Texas Christian University was No. 4 on the list.

The cost of college continues to creep higher and higher – and financial aid isn’t keeping up.

More Texans are receiving those hefty student loan bills in the mail after graduation, but is college still worth the investment?

Nonprofit online college WGU Texas took the temperature of how Texans are feeling about the state of higher education in their annual poll, which you can read here.

Josh Blank of Strategic Research Associates conducted the study, and he says most Texans are still on board with higher ed.

Austin Price / The Texas Tribune

For about a year starting in June 2016, the practice of affirmative action in Texas university admissions seemed secure. 

Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Texas' top public university administrators remain among the highest paid in the country, according to a nationwide survey released Wednesday.

The Texas Tribune

While small numbers of Texas voters believe spending on public and higher education is too high, pluralities think the state is not spending enough, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT News

The legislative session just ended. After 140 days of proposals, politicking and press conferences, we’re catching up on what actually passed and how it will change Texas.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of Texas’s 85th Legislature was the demise of a bill that would have added more than half a billion dollars in funding for the state’s public schools.

Texas Foster Youth Struggle To Get College Degrees

Nov 13, 2016
Allison V. Smith for The Texas Tribune

Shortly before her ninth birthday, Briana Dovi and her five siblings were placed into foster care in Central Texas. Dovi enrolled in school for the first time, battling speech disorders and dyslexia.

SMU Ties UT, Baylor Passes Texas A&M In 2017 U.S. News College Rankings

Sep 13, 2016
Shelby Knowles / The Texas Tribune

The latest version of the U.S. News and World Report college rankings are good news for Texas private schools. Not so for the state's top public universities: All of them dropped in the influential list of the best schools in the country. 

Lawmakers to Examine Ballooning Cost Of Tuition Program For Texas Veterans Tuesday

Sep 12, 2016
The Texas Tribune

State university leaders have long complained about what they call an underfunded mandate to provide an increasing number of veterans and their dependents a free college education under the Hazlewood Act

Dan Patrick Again Targeting In-State Tuition For Undocumented Students

Sep 9, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

The program affects only about 2 percent of Texas college students, but getting rid of in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants will be a priority for Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick when lawmakers convene next year.

Courtesy of Caylin Moore

Caylin Moore says he shouldn't be in Fort Worth. Considering where he grew up, his future seemed to be predetermined.

“Prison, dead, on the street selling drugs,” he says.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera/The Texas Tribune

In his most aggressive terms yet, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick excoriated Texas universities for raising their tuition in recent years, suggesting that the Texas Senate will try to limit tuition growth when it reconvenes next year. 

Sara Ortega / Uplift Education

Many people were shocked to hear in February that kids from a Dallas charter school endured racial insults during their trip to Texas A&M in College Station. More dramatic stories came out during a symposium on Friday sponsored by the Uplift charter school chain.

When Andrea Diaz was applying to colleges, she got good news and bad news. The good news was that American University, a private four-year university in Washington, D.C., wanted her. The bad news was that it required her to come to campus early to take two summer developmental-level courses in math and English.

"I was traumatized by it," Diaz says, "because I felt that they didn't see in me the potential to do well in college."

Texas Behind In Preparing Kids For College, Panel Told

Mar 30, 2016
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

Texas lags most other states in preparing high schoolers for college and needs to update its readiness standards, including oversight of dual credit courses, Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes told state senators at a hearing on Tuesday.

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