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 UT System Board of Regents; Commends Choice of McRavens for UT System ChancellorToday, The University of Texas System unanimously approved the appointment of Admiral William McRaven as the next chancellor of The University of Texas System. The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education issued the following statement:“Congratulations to the UT System Board of Regents on a dynamic pick to lead one of our state’s most important institutions, The University of Texas System. Admiral William McRaven has the passion, skills and leadership qualities necessary to lead the System into a future solely focused on delivering excellence in education, medicine and research for all Texans. With the new UT Rio Grande Valley, the Dell Medical School in Austin and the UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine, the Board of Regents has helped usher in an exciting new era for the UT System, giving Chancellor McRaven a tremendous opportunity to make a profound impact on our state’s future.”Continue reading
Coalition Responds to Historic Vote to Admonish and Censure Regent Hall
Following the historic 6-1 vote to censure UT System Regent Wallace L. Hall Jr., the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education issued the following statement:Continue reading