By William Lutz
Bill Powers should be on his knees giving thanks that he works for two people as patient as Rick Perry and Gene Powell. Compare that with how Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber (Oregon) dealt with another UT administrator — former liberal arts dean Richard Lariviere — who decided to get front groups to attack the governing board and generally didn’t play ball with the governor’s policies:
The full text of the governor’s statement:
November 26, 2011
“First, let me say that the situation involving the Oregon State Board of Higher Education and Dr. Richard Lariviere has nothing to do with an “ongoing difference of opinion over the future of the University of Oregon,” as Dr. Lariviere suggested in an email sent out to faculty and students last Tuesday.
My education strategy includes building a world class, innovative system of higher education that delivers better results for students and serves as an engine for our state’s economic recovery. Achieving these goals requires all of our university campuses, the Oregon University System and the State Board of Higher Education to be pulling in the same direction.
While the timing of the Board’s action on Dr. Richard Lariviere’s employment contract may come as a surprise to some, the possible decision to terminate his contract should not, given his record.
More students may be able to gain admission into Sam Houston State University after the Texas State University System Board of Regents authorized the university to change admission standards for incoming freshmen during the Fall 2013 semester. Read more…
By GLENN DOWLING Special to The Eagle
Recent criticism leveled at the A&M Board of Regents by former A&M President Ray Bowen and loyal supporter Jon Hagler was largely justified and supported by most informed and interested readers. Clearly, political forces were at the heart of tensions between the system chancellor and A&M president which created unrest and angst within the ranks of the A&M faculty. Read more…
The UT System announced its commitment to make information on college costs and financial aid easier to understand and more readily available for students by 2013, according to a White House press release.
UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa represented the UT System at a White House roundtable discussion on Tuesday with the goal of decreasing student loan debt. Along with the UT System, nine other higher education institutions agreed on providing more information to students regarding college costs and financial aid.
The University System is already supplying some of the financial information through the public dashboard and the Accountability and Performance Report, which are both available online.
Anthony P. de Bruyn, assistant vice chancellor for Public Affairs, said provisions of the University System already in compliance with the White House’s guidelines include providing how much one year of college costs, financial aid options, net costs after grants and scholarships are taken into account and information on student success rates.
“This is something UT has already been doing, and we’re ready to meet the 2013 deadline,” de Bruyn said. “We already have the vast majority of the information out there.”
De Bruyn said the University System will have to add an estimate of monthly federal loan expenses after students graduate in order to meet the White House’s guidelines.
By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz – AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
“You are in for a tremendous four-year experience here.” Read more…