Matthew Watkins

Matthew Watkins writes about higher education and the business of college sports for the Tribune. Previously, he has covered local government at The Dallas Morning News and The Eagle in Bryan-College Station. A Texas native, Matthew grew up in Austin and has lived in Houston, Dallas and Bryan. He earned his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University in 2008.

Recent Contributions

Senate panel takes step toward repealing college financial aid law

Senate Higher Education Committee chair Kel Seliger listens to a witness during a hearing April 26, 2016 on higher education tuition rates at the Texas Capitol.
Senate Higher Education Committee chair Kel Seliger listens to a witness during a hearing April 26, 2016 on higher education tuition rates at the Texas Capitol.

The Texas Senate Education Committee took an early step in the Senate's efforts to eliminate a rule that forces universities to set aside a portion of tuition revenue to fund scholarships for the needy. 

UTSA President Romo placed on administrative leave pending "conduct review"

University of Texas at San Antonio President Ricardo Romo opens the Texas Tribune's event on Cybersecurity and Privacy in San Antonio on Dec. 9, 2015.
University of Texas at San Antonio President Ricardo Romo opens the Texas Tribune's event on Cybersecurity and Privacy in San Antonio on Dec. 9, 2015.

University of Texas at San Antonio President Ricardo Romo, who had been scheduled to retire in August, has been placed on administrative leave pending a "review of allegations related to his conduct."

Texas families are struggling to pay for college — but so is the state

Tuition costs are rising in Texas as per-student state funding for higher education shrinks.
Tuition costs are rising in Texas as per-student state funding for higher education shrinks.

Rising tuition is making it hard for parents and students to pay for college in Texas. But state funding is strained, too. So where will the money come from to grow enrollment and elevate Texas universities?

Texas university leaders warn of dire consequences if Senate budget is implemented

Happy Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, watches passage of SB 1 budget bill on a 30-1 vote April 14, 2015.  Lone no vote was Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston.
Happy Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, watches passage of SB 1 budget bill on a 30-1 vote April 14, 2015. Lone no vote was Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston.

In a day-long hearing, university presidents and chancellors said their schools might have to lay off faculty and cut classes if hundreds of millions of dollars worth of "special items" aren't put back in the budget.