Home  >  Texas  >  Reports on UT favoritism, impeachment expected soon

Reports on UT favoritism, impeachment expected soon

By   /   April 4, 2014  /   No Comments

Part 14 of 33 in the series Trouble in Texas

UT: A report on admissions favoritism at the University of Texas is nearly finished and is expected to be released within the next week or so.

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org

A report on admissions favoritism at the University of Texas is nearly finished and is expected to be released within the next week or so.

At the same time, a legislative committee that has targeted UT regent Wallace Hall for abuse, even possible impeachment, has its own report prepared by attorney Rusty Hardin just about ready.

According to sources familiar with the matter, committee leaders are looking at using the Hardin report to blunt the impact of the UT report on favoritism.

A draft of the admissions favoritism report is now in UT President Bill Powers’ office, which is suggesting revisions, as the report’s findings are certain to embarrass him.

Sources who’ve seen the draft copy say it demonstrates that applicants who had a lawmaker intervene on their behalf with top university officials were far more likely to gain admission than an applicant without those connections.

Nobody can predict whether the legislative committee will ultimately decide to release the Hardin report right after the clout report in an attempt to steal back the headlines. But if it does, newspaper editors should be ready to recognize the attempt to manipulate them.

It should be obvious which story is the important new development and which is the rehash. So far, we know of about 10 people who appear to have benefited from clout, but this is the first systematic look at the issue, even if the sample size isn’t enormous.

The other story has been done to death, with hundreds of column inches dedicated to complaints about paperwork and nonsensical quibbling about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

The persecution of Wallace Hall has been a classic inside-baseball story, well covered despite its low interest to the public because of its importance. But if it can be proven deserving kids are losing their place at a public university to privileged ones, that’s something they’ll care about. And they’ll care about it not because of any of the politics or personalities that reporters have been covering; they’ll care about it because it matters.

Contact Jon Cassidy at jon@watchdog.org or @jpcassidy000. If you would like to send him documents or messages anonymously, download the Tor browser and go to our SecureDrop submission page: http://5bygo7e2rpnrh5vo.onion

Part of 33 in the series Trouble in Texas
  1. Texas’ Rep. Pitts announces retirement after improper influence story
  2. University of Texas regents show support for Wallace Hall
  3. Case against UT regent Wallace Hall is a sham — here’s proof
  4. Texas senator got $477k for supposed ‘cameo’ appearance in Wallace Hall lawsuit
  5. Lawmaker admits pulling strings on UT admissions
  6. Trustee accused of crime for rejecting dodgy accounting
  7. Longhorns: Senator used clout in UT law school admissions
  8. Children of Texas lawmakers get into UT School of Law, but struggle to pass bar exam
  9. Chancellor is probing favoritism in UT admissions
  10. UT report: Charge against Hall is legally ‘absurd’
  11. Attorney in UT case hides six-figure charges despite terms of contract
  12. University of Texas clout scandal grows as new e-mails surface
  13. Four more get into UT Law despite low LSATs
  14. Reports on UT favoritism, impeachment expected soon
  15. Attorney: Secret tape covered up by lawmakers proves regent’s innocence
  16. Dozens of UT Law’s least qualified students are connected politically
  17. University of Texas uncovers admissions corruption, halts investigation
  18. UT admissions: Straus, Branch, Pitts pulled strings
  19. Who got the 128? UT Law admits students with bad LSAT scores
  20. Patrick’s win may doom Hall impeachment effort
  21. Chancellor promises complete investigation of UT admissions
  22. Board to decide UT president’s fate Thursday
  23. Texas politicians smarten up, ditch UT pres this time around
  24. Tribune story may have doomed UT’s Powers
  25. Academics condone the privilege they denounce
  26. Three essential stories on the UT admissions scandal
  27. Texas AG Greg Abbott embraces Roe v. Wade
  28. Roe v. Wade is AG’s new pretext for blocking Texas law school investigation
  29. Two UT regents pressed for records destruction
  30. New crime invented for Hall: assisted guesswork
  31. Texas lawmaker failed to disclose his own clout letter in UT flap
  32. Texas legislator Fischer insists on role in UT investigation
  33. Hutchison pulled strings for friends’ kids and grandkids at UT

Sign-up for our Trouble in Texas email list to receive the latest news and in-depth coverage.

Click here to get this great content in print

Click here to LEARN HOW TO STEAL OUR STUFF!

Jon Cassidy is the Texas bureau chief for Watchdog.org. He also writes a weekly column on politics for The American Spectator. He was formerly a reporter and editor for The Orange County Register in California and a reporter at The Hill in Washington, D.C. His work has been published by Fox News, Reason, The Federalist, Human Events, and other publications. He is a 2014 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow and a graduate of the University of Southern California. He and his wife Michelle live just outside Houston with their two children.

x

Join other concerned citizens who get the latest updates from Watchdog.org on government waste, fraud, or abuse.


Read stories like:

Enter your email and stay on top of the news that matters.