Category Archives: Higher Education

Texas education agencies offer information on coronavirus response

Texas public and higher education agencies are using their websites to relay information about campus closings, online learning, and other updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Abbott on March 19 ordered schools to temporarily close, acting under the broad … Continue reading

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Hazing law now includes coerced over-consumption of alcohol

A Texas law that took effect September 1 makes it a crime under the state’s hazing law to coerce a student to consume a drug or to consume an alcoholic beverage in an amount that would lead a reasonable person … Continue reading

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Legislative committees want degree planning for Texas students enrolled in dual-credit courses

As enrollment has increased in dual-credit programs in Texas, state lawmakers have raised concerns that some high school students may be taking college courses that will not count toward their degree programs. Proposals could emerge during the regular session of … Continue reading

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States consider campus free speech policies

As incidents around the nation test free speech policies on college and university campuses, some states have responded by enacting or considering legislation for their public institutions. Issues that have surfaced nationwide include institutions restricting protests to certain areas on campus, … Continue reading

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Lawmakers review use of tuition waivers by former foster youth

Texas lawmakers this interim are considering ways to increase enrollment and retention of the state’s former foster youth in higher education. Relatively few complete post-secondary education, despite a Texas law that entitles certain former foster youth to free tuition and … Continue reading

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