In October 2012, I wrote a cover story about the battle over UT. That battle, which matched regents appointed by Rick Perry against the leadership of UT-Austin, has not abated. I'm going to discuss portions of Brian Sweany's recent interview with regent Wallace Hall as well as write about other aspects of the Perry regents' concerns with the leadership of UT-Austin.
* Asked by Sweany about whether there was pressure from the governor's office, Hall said, "I've received no directives from the governor other than the importance of figuring this out." It is not clear what "this" refers to--I'm assuming he's talking about affordability--but what is clear is that Hall had requested a large number of documents from the UT system.
* [The interview continues]: "It's not just about affordability, it's not just about accessibility, it's about the quality of education," Hall told Sweany. What is Hall trying to say here? Is he impugning the quality of education at UT-Austin under the leadership of Bill Powers? That is going to be a hard case to make. UT-Austin's academic reputation is extemely high.