Creating Leaders, Encouraging Innovation, Promoting Excellence
The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education is a group of concerned citizens who believe strongly in the power of higher education to transform lives, build our economy and shape Texas’ future. We believe a great university is an incubator of knowledge and creativity. It fuels discovery, and marries research with enhanced classroom teaching, learning, and hands-on experience. It also serves as an economic engine bringing in millions in research and development dollars, new businesses and industries, creating jobs and economic opportunity throughout Texas.
We believe we need to create high quality pathways to higher learning with partnerships linking the flagship universities with high schools, community colleges, technical schools and Tier One institutions, to ensure our educational system meets the diverse and growing needs of our population. In an increasingly global economy, future leaders must be challenged to think differently and consider the implications of diverse cultures, histories and traditions. Well-rounded and informed students are critical to keeping Texas and America competitive and attracting jobs and employers to our state.
Advocates for Texas' Future
The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education is a group of volunteer advocates who believe the pursuit of knowledge must be a state and national priority. At a time when America’s ability to compete and lead the world is at risk, the research conducted, innovations developed, and resulting improved teaching at Texas’ higher education institutions are more important than ever before. We hope to advance a thoughtful, constructive and transparent dialogue around these important issues for all Texans.
Our Call to Action
The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education was necessitated by the strong belief that there is a right way to improve higher education and that there is a wrong way that could have long-term damaging effects on our institutions of higher learning, our state's economy and on our future. Current recommendations being floated - from dramatically expanding enrollment while slashing tuition to separating research and teaching budgets, and seceding from a recognized and respected accreditation organization - are decidedly the wrong way. We believe our public university presidents and chancellors have earned our support with their ongoing commitment to a culture of excellence and continual innovation, while also working to cut operating costs and institute reforms. We also believe it is critical to regularly and openly evaluate the performance of our universities, and do so in a public and transparent way.
This website is intended to be a place for the latest news and information on the debate over high-quality higher education in Texas and for the exchange of open constructive dialogue about continued improvements.
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A UT regent impeachment could make other boards cautious, expert saysRalph Haurwitz | Austin American-StatesmanRichard D. Legon, president of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, doesn't know Wallace Hall Jr. Or every detail of Hall's activities as a University of Texas System regent that have prompted a legislative investigation. But Legon said he knows this: "The first layer of reining in an overly aggressive board member should be the board." UT System Regent Wallace L. Hall Jr. looks on during an audit committee meeting in March. e described impeachment, which Hall could potentially face, as "the nuclear option" and said it could send a chilling signal to members of higher education governing boards.Legon, who was in Austin recently to speak to new members of state university and community college governing boards undergoing required orientation, made the comments in an interview with the American-Statesman. His Washington-based association, whose members include more than 1,250 colleges, universities and higher education foundation boards, works to strengthen and protect governing boards. The House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations is in the midst of a months-long inquiry into Hall's massive requests for records from the Austin campus, his handling of confidential information that he received about students and other activities. The regent and his supporters say he has raised questions about the university's handling of records requests, political influence over admissions and a loan program for law professors.
Paredes: Meeting Goals Will Require Big Changes
Reeve Hamilton | The Texas TribuneTexas will have to do things dramatically differently if the state is to meet its higher education goals, Raymund Paredes the state commissioner said during his annual State of Higher Education address on Friday. A 15-year plan called "Closing the Gaps," which was launched in 2000 to bring the state up to parity with other large states in terms of postsecondary productivity, is coming to an end, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is working on rolling out the next longterm plan.Paredes said the state has come a long way over the last 13 years but still has a long way to go. That's where the new plan comes in.