Texas Tech

Much like an annual checkup at your doctor's, Texas Tech is receiving its decennial checkup from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

A representative for the association will be visiting the Texas Tech campus in late February to assess Tech's Quality Enhancement Plan - in other words, to assess the quality of the education that students at Tech receive. 

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The Texas Tribune, an Austin-based publication that covers policy and politics in Texas, made the trek from Austin to Lubbock last week as a part of a statewide discussion that looks toward the next five years in public and higher education. 

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In June 2014, the price of a barrel of oil was roughly $115 per barrel, leading to gas prices that were well over $3 per gallon. 

Not anymore.

Prices of oil have crashed in the last six months, starting 2015 with the price of crude oil at a five-year low as the current price hovers around $45 per barrel, a 60 percent slash in value. 

After more than half a century of isolation of the island nation 90 miles off the coast of Florida, President Obama announced late last month that the U.S. and Cuba would begin normalizing relations once more.

The news is likely to spark many changes in areas like business and tourism, but another impact that is quietly taking advantage of the relations thaw is education.

by Reeve Hamilton, The Texas Tribune

Dec. 19, 2014

Less than two months before Election Day, the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor and lieutenant governor sat together in a Lubbock park, speaking without any partisan bickering. There was only agreement that Timothy Brian Cole was worth remembering.

Cole died in prison of complications from asthma in December 1999 while serving a 25-year sentence for a rape he did not commit.

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