Settlement with conservative free speech group forces University of Houston to keep amended anti-harassment policy
The conservative group Speech First argued that the anti-discrimination policy restricting “offensive speech about personal characteristics such race, ethnicity or gender” violates students’ First Amendment rights. The university agreed to keep its amended policy as part of a settlement.
“The most hated conservative college student in the state”: How a UNT student embroiled her campus in a culture war
Senior Kelly Neidert has repeatedly thrust the University of North Texas into the conservative media spotlight, most recently by bringing Texas House candidate Jeff Younger to campus. Her motive? It depends on who you ask.
Despite rising COVID-19 cases, universities including Texas Tech and Texas A&M are planning in-person fall graduations
Texas Tech University senior Klay Davis is thrilled he'll have the chance to graduate college in-person this December. Texas Tech administrators said last month the university will host multiple in-person commencement ceremonies over a two-day period, as well as a virtual ceremony. At Texas Tech, students helped drive the effort to bring back in-person commencement. Other universities plan to hold in-person commencement ceremonies throughout spring 2021 for those who graduated in spring 2020, depending on the status of the pandemic. Disclosure: Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Southern University, Texas Tech University, University of Texas at El Paso, University of Texas at San Antonio and University of North Texas have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Texas students said pandemic-era tuition should be cut. But its going up at some schools due to distance learning fees.
At the University of North Texas, the distance learning fee is $35 per credit hour, capped at $315. At other schools across Texas, students are facing sticker shock over some price hikes made months before the pandemic. It sucks ... that the general consensus is that we feel Texas State doesnt care about us. Texas State leadership recognizes the hardships our Bobcat Community is experiencing because of COVID-19, a message from the school reads. Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin, the University of Texas System, the University of North Texas and Texas State University have been financial supporters of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors.
Texas universities are moving more classes online, but keeping tuition the same. Students are asking if it's worth the money.
Allie Goulding/The Texas TribuneSarah Ramos has spent her summer anxiously awaiting a fall return to Texas A&Ms campus at College Station. But while school will look different, the tuition rates for many of Texas largest universities, including UT-Austin, University of Houston, University of North Texas and Texas Tech, will stay the same. This summer, nearly all Texas universities went completely online and schools including UT-Austin and Baylor offered reduced tuition while several others waived fees for campus services like parking. Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said that while around 80% of Texas Tech Universitys 1,000 fall courses will be online, tuition will not be decreased in the fall. Theres a misunderstanding that online classes are cheaper, Schovanec said.
Texas colleges expect larger online summer classes as students lose jobs, internships
College students suddenly finding more time on their hands with canceled jobs, internships and trips abroad are flocking to online summer classes at Texas institutions en masse. Summer enrollment on the riseThe University of Texas at Austin, which starts summer school Thursday, slashed the costs of summer classes, and students and parents have responded. The summer classes are usually offered at 85% of the regular cost of fall and spring semester classes. In the past, most institutions have offered both in-person and online summer classes. And while universities are seeing an increase in summer enrollment, some Texas community colleges are reporting drops in summer enrollment that paint an uncertain picture for fall.