Three local college presidents made a pitch Wednesday for why their campus should be the next University of Texas at Austin or Texas A&M University. The heads of the University of North Texas, UT-Arlington and UT-Dallas each told state lawmakers that their campus has the potential to become Texas' next major public research university but it will take more money and other help from the state. 'All of us today are talking about building a stronger Texas and focusing on the resources we have and the resources we need,' UTA President Jim Spaniolo told Senate subcommittees on higher education and higher education finance....
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A handful of state senators heard an earful yesterday from Texas college executives about why the state needs more national research universities. Commonly called Tier One schools, these campuses with large research portfolios receive a significant share of money from out of state to do their work. In turn, that money attracts the investment capital that grows their states' economies.
All members of the Legislature should remember that point when they get down to business next year. Investments in research now will yield enormous dividends for the state later. As Bill Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin...
High gas prices are steering drivers onto commuter buses, officials say.
In June, the Denton County Transportation Authority saw record ridership on its Commuter Express bus service between Denton, Lewisville and Dallas.
Passengers took more than 8,000 rides on the commuter buses in June, breaking a previous monthly record set in April. The commuter service has seen a 53 percent jump in ridership from last June, officials said. 'Gas prices went up and up, bringing in a rash of riders,' said John Hedrick, president of the Denton County Transportation Authority.
More than 60,000 passengers have used the...
Local appointments to state board: Gov. Rick Perry appointed Sandra D. Bridges of Rockwall and Stefani D. Carter of Plano to the State Board for Educator Certification for terms to expire Feb. 1, 2013. The board develops certification and continuing education requirements and standards of conduct for public school teachers.
Scholarships for Sky Ranch: Sky Ranch Camps will honor all active service personnel by offering their dependents half-tuition scholarships for seven-day camps in Van, Texas. This applies to any weeklong camp during the week of Aug. 3. Call 1-800-962-2267 or visit www....