FROM THE COALITION
Business leaders, philanthropists, engaged students, interested alumni and everyday citizens have weighed in on this debate. Take a look at some of the letters and opinion editorials that these passionate advocates for high-quality higher education have to say about this issue.
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National Higher Education Policy Expert Calls UT Austin Faculty "Highly Productive"
Coalition Attracts New Member Amid Higher Ed Debate
Testimony at Oversight Hearing Underscores Impact of Coalition
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Coalition Responds to Passage of Senate Bill 15 to Improve Higher Education Governance
Today the Texas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 15, relating to the governance of public institutions of higher education. Upon passage the Coalition issued the following statement:“We applaud the legislature for recognizing the important need to improve standards of excellence within our state’s governing boards. Texas’ institutions of higher education are critical to our state’s economy, and ensuring we develop educated, well-informed citizens to drive our state’s future. Senate Bill 15 is an important step toward improving the governance of these critical state institutions and ensuring members of the boards of regents are adequately equipped, prepared and trained to govern properly. It is our hope that the standards set forth in this bill will lead to a more constructive and less divisive approach to governing our universities.”See the full statement here.Continue reading
A Texas Battle Over Higher Education
They say "Everything is Bigger in Texas." But when it comes to higher education, Governor Rick Perry's critics say his vision is too small. Perry's pushing for a $10K college degree. He wants schools to focus on job-training skills. And he wants technology to help get us there. Other states are paying attention. With student loan debt topping $1 trillion, there's a lot of appeal to a bargain bachelor's that leads to a job. Perry's detractors say his vision undermines great research universities, and America will suffer in in the long haul.
- Reeve Hamilton, covers higher education and politics for the Texas Tribune. (@reevehamilton)
- Thomas Lindsay, director for the Center for Higher Education, Texas Public Policy Foundation, which has been closely aligned with Republican Governor Rick Perry.
- Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education member Ray Bowen will also be joining.