Low cost of new UNT Dallas law school draws high interest

Tue, Jul 22, 2014 - 12:13pm

Around the country, fewer people are applying to law school. Then there’s the UNT Dallas College of Law.

It expected about 350 applications for the inaugural class — and got more than 600.

“‘Holy cow’ was our reaction,” said Royal Furgeson, a retired U.S. district judge and founding dean of the new law campus. “It tells you there’s a pent-up demand for law school here.”

The law school, part of the University of North Texas System, has enrolled about 140 students to date. Classes start in August in the UNT System building across from Main Street Garden in downtown Dallas.

UNT’s new law school has drawn...

Moody’s Issues a Negative Outlook for Higher Education

Tue, Jul 15, 2014 - 10:54am

Moody’s Investors Service on Monday issued a negative outlook for higher education in 2014—which should come as a surprise to no one. The bond-rating agency’s report last week, a survey of net-tuition revenues, was grim, and its outlook for higher education in recent years has been mostly ...

UNT Dallas begins fixed-rate tuition plan

Thu, Jul 10, 2014 - 11:41am

The University of North Texas at Dallas has introduced its fixed-rate tuition plan, which will offer incoming students who take a full course load a tuition rate that will last for five years.

For students enrolling in fall 2014, the tuition will be $7,650 a year, regardless of whether they opt into the plan. Whenever the tuition is increased in the future, though, those that opt into the plan will still pay $7,650 for their first five years.

“Our DNA here at UNT Dallas is accessibility, and this is certainly going to make UNT Dallas more affordable and more accessible,” UNT Dallas President Ron Brown said. “Many of...

UT/TT Poll: Voters Open to Education Changes

Tue, Jun 17, 2014 - 12:34pm

Texas voters are supportive of some potentially major changes in public education, from providing incentives to people who want to be teachers to allowing more local control over standards and curriculum, according to the University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

Meanwhile, fewer of them are convinced that a college degree is a necessity. Only 28 percent said a college education is necessary for a person to succeed in today’s work world, while 68 percent said “there are many ways...

Standout Senior: DeSoto graduate has dreams of teaching math

Fri, Jun 13, 2014 - 11:55am

Mark Hiner dreams of becoming a math teacher. He plans to attend Cedar Valley College and eventually the University of North Texas.

Though his grades are good enough to get him just about anywhere, going to college is more than just a next step for Hiner — it is a step toward survival.

“He has to go to college. He has to earn a living and become self-sufficient,” said his foster mother, Bobby Williams of DeSoto. “Otherwise, he will only have social security, and you can’t live off that.”

Hiner took a full course load at DeSoto High School, finishing with a 4.04 grade-point average and a class rank of 79th out...