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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Coalition Applauds Chancellor Pick, Calls McRaven a 'Proven Leader with a Strong Backbone'
Following the announcement that Admiral William McRaven was named the sole finalist for the position of chancellor of the University of Texas System, the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education issued the following statement:
“We applaud the selection of Adm. William McRaven as the next chancellor of the UT System, and commend the Board of Regents on its diligent search. McRaven is a proven leader with a strong backbone and the courage of his convictions and we believe he will stand up for what is right and in the best interests of higher education. His inspirational 2014 UT Austin commencement speech gave insight into the type of leader he will be – one who respects diverse viewpoints, values collaboration and brings unmatched tenacity to his work. We look forward with optimism that McRaven will usher in a new era marked by good governance, an emphasis on excellence in research and teaching, and a cooperative environment that allows the component institutions to do what they do best: educate Texans for the future. We look forward to working with and supporting Adm. McRaven as he advances the UT System to the benefit of all Texans.”Continue reading
UT System has two strong chancellor candidates in McRaven and Fisher
The search for a new University of Texas System chancellor is down to two respected names: Adm. William McRaven and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher, according to UT sources.
With their wealth of experience, either candidate would make a fine chancellor. The current chancellor, Francisco Cigarroa, a surgeon, announced in February that he plans to step down to lead the pediatric transplant team for the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.Continue reading