September 30, 2013 //
by Natalie Harms
AUSTIN — For the Texas Tribune, higher education plays a prominent role in its nonprofit, politics-oriented coverage. It was only obvious that it would be a big part of the organization’s annual, three-day festival.
The higher education track hosted four panel events on Saturday in the University of Texas Student Activity Center’s South Ballroom, where a variety of panelists, including university chancellors and presidents and state politicians, filtered through.
The mixed group of individuals and topics created a think tank of ideas for every aspect of higher education.
In the first higher education panel of the day, President and Chancellor Renu Khator stressed student success as a catch-all goal for her. | Natalie Harms/The Daily Cougar
UH-Victoria President Phil Castille (second from the left) said during the panel session called "Meanwhile, Back at the Non-Flagships" that he preferred system schools, like UH-V, to be called "regional institutions of higher education." | Natalie Harms/The Daily Cougar
Attendees packed the room for "Governance and the Role of Regents: What Now?" with panelists State Senator Kirk Watson, center, and University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall, right. Regent Hall has a bit of a controversy surrounding him, as he has expressed his distrust of UT President Bill Powers. | Natalie Harms/The Daily Cougar
For the final higher education event, panelists discussed "The Fight Over Paying Student Athletes." The final school was one panelist for, and two panelists and the majority of the audience against. | Natalie Harms/The Daily Cougar