Back in Session
This week the Texas Legislature gaveled in the 83rd Legislative Session and higher education will be one of the top agenda items discussed, debated and legislated during this Session. Cost, accessibility and quality are all topics of discussion, as well as the potential appointment of 16 regents to Texas university systems. Texas, of course, isn’t the only state where higher education is a hot topic. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities this week issued a report on the “Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2013.” The full report can be viewed here, but the issues range from state support to college readiness and online education. Many of these same issues continue to dominate discussions in Texas. The Coalition will continue to be a thoughtful voice in any debate on higher education as we have since our inception in June of 2011. We believe in the critical importance of both teaching and research, we promote quality in higher education, and we support university leaders who have demonstrated their commitment to a culture of excellence and continual innovation. We also support the efforts of those universities that are working to achieve Tier One status, which would bring additional research and development capabilities, and create jobs and economic opportunity throughout Texas. This legislative session we will champion those efforts to improve quality education for Texas students and criticize any so-called “reforms” that will undermine the quality and integrity of our universities, especially our Tier One institutions.
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Tex. Lawmakers Take New Steps Toward Sanctions Against University Regent
Members of a Texas legislative committee who have been drawing up articles of impeachment against a University of Texas regent are expected to announce next month whether they will move ahead with that lengthy process, which would assure the flagship campus's most dogged critic many more months in the spotlight.
Frustration and weariness were evident this week as members of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations grilled system officials about their relationships with the regent, Wallace L. Hall Jr.Continue reading
Coalition Applauds Thoughtful, Responsible and Orderly Transition of Leadership
Following the news that UT Austin President Bill Powers will stay in office until June 2, 2015, the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education issued the following statement:
“We congratulate and give our heartfelt thanks to all the leaders involved in achieving a successful resolution that is in the best interest of The University of Texas at Austin. We are grateful that our leaders were able to come together and put the interests of our great university first by allowing a thoughtful, responsible and orderly transition of leadership. We look forward to being helpful in any way we can to ensure successful searches for the next UT System chancellor and UT Austin president, and a smooth and positive transition for both.”Continue reading