Number of Texas students taking ACT hits new high

Thu, Aug 28, 2014 - 12:42pm

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has announced that the number of Texas students in the 2014 graduating class taking the ACT college admission test hit a new high.

According to a report released today by ACT, 116,547 Texas students took the ACT (up by more than 6,700 students from 2013). In addition, 45,717 Hispanic students took the ACT in 2014. The 2014 Texas Hispanic student participation rate (39 percent) is more than double the nationally ACT-tested population (15 percent).


UNT tuition plan may drive change

Thu, Aug 21, 2014 - 10:57am

A state mandate could change the culture of the University of North Texas, as more than half of the incoming students are enrolled in a new tuition plan that rewards students for graduating in four years.

All public universities were required to introduce a fixed-tuition plan this year by the Texas Legislature, and an unconventional plan at UNT has enrolled more students than officials anticipated.

The Eagle Express Tuition Plan has more than 4,700 students enrolled to date, including more than half of the freshman class. Students in the plan receive a $3,000 tuition credit their final semester if they graduate in...

When Quintuplets Go to College: The Diaz Family

Tue, Aug 19, 2014 - 3:26pm

Imagine the emptiness of your home after one child leaves for college. Imagine the chaos beforehand of getting that one child ready to leave for college.

Then multiply that times five and you have the whirlwind of life for Jorge and Enna Diaz as they dropped their quintuplets – Emilio, George, John, Maria and Enna – off at college Sunday.

“We started the process back in December,” Jorge Diaz told ABC News. “Sending one kid to college is very difficult, make it five and that was a little bit of a challenge.”

Making things a bit easier for their parents, the Diaz quintuplets all chose to attend the same college...

For UNT Quintuplets, It's College Times Five

Tue, Aug 19, 2014 - 11:53am

More than 4,000 students arrived at the University of North Texas this week before classes begin, and said their goodbyes to proud and nervous parents. Five of those kids belong to one couple from Keller.


Enna Diaz gave her three sons a little tough love as she watched them move into the dorm room that they will share this year.

“You don’t need my help George. You’re 18. You’re in the university,” she said. 

George, Emilio and John struggled to put sheets on bunk beds, find the hall bathroom, and keep track of their keys as their mother looked on. Enna remembers when it took 45 minutes to...

North Texas Quintuplets All Enrolled At UNT

Mon, Aug 18, 2014 - 10:41am

DENTON (CBSDFW.COM) - Many parents this week will be dropping their kids off for their first year of college. This can be a very special time for any family. But for one North Texas family, the event is five times as special. That is because they have five kids all starting up their first year at the University of North Texas.

Forget about the Brady Bunch, these are the Diaz Quintuplets — Maria, Enna, Jorge, John and Emilio. The five siblings all recently graduated from Keller High School, and they refused to let something like college tear them apart. Enna said, “We were most likely all going to end...