Following Financial Scandal, New UNT President Promises Solid Fiscal Footing

Thu, Sep 18, 2014 - 10:59am

Neal Smatresk has only been UNT president since February. Soon after arriving, school officials found UNT had for a decade spent more than $83 million it shouldn’t have, and incorrectly figured on another $23 million coming in.  

Smatresk told his university audience that fixing the school’s budget has been Job One.

“Because if we can’t manage resources, well, we can’t reach our goals," he said. "Of course I got here, people set my hair on fire, and I can’t afford that."

Smatresk, who is slightly bald, hired a new financial director whose work he’s called miraculous.

They set about meeting UNT’s...

UNT enrollment flat overall

Thu, Sep 18, 2014 - 10:49am

Enrollment at the University of North Texas stayed consistent this fall, with 36,216 students in classes — down just five students from fall 2013 numbers.

There are high and low points of the data breakdown, though, with retention up but freshman enrollment down.

Last academic year, the university implemented required academic advising sessions for freshmen, UNT President Neal Smatresk said during a speech to the university community Wednesday. Overall, enrollment for continuing students increased 1.3 percent since the fall, and retention of students after their first year at UNT increased by 2.5 percent.


TWU reports steady figures

Fri, Sep 12, 2014 - 12:59pm

Texas Woman’s University on Thursday reported its fall enrollment at 15,075 students at its campuses in Denton, Dallas and Houston.

The number compares with 15,104 students enrolled in the fall of 2013 — a decrease of 29 students.

Enrollment numbers showed 12,372 students at the main campus in Denton compared with 12,422 last year — a decrease of 50 students.

This year, TWU reported 1,183 students in its incoming class — the largest in its history. Those students might be true freshmen or students who acquired enough college credits to enter TWU as sophomores. The numbers are based on preliminary 12th-class-...

As tuition soars, students left holding the bag — full of debt

Tue, Sep 2, 2014 - 1:30pm

Talib Abdullahi graduated in December with a degree in American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin — and $40,000 in loans to pay back.

Raised by a single mother in Houston, he began working his first job when he was 9, helping a neighbor with his painting business. The decision to attend college was not the norm for a lot of his friends — many wound up in jail or victims of violence.

He was given financial aid at UT but also had to take on loans, all while working five jobs — and figuring out how to help his uninsured mother with health care bills.

“I like learning. I like school. But it really is...

Howard U.’s Kathmandu connection: Nepal emerges as top source of foreign students

Thu, Aug 28, 2014 - 12:46pm

Howard University has long been known for the global feel of its campus in Northwest Washington. Its first Chinese students arrived in 1870, three years after the school’s founding. The historically black university also draws many young scholars from Africa and the Caribbean islands.

But a surprising source of Howard students emerged this year: Nepal.

A quarter of the incoming freshmen from overseas starting classes this week turn out to be Nepali. Their delegation — 26 as of last count — outnumbers Jamaicans (22), Ni­...